He joined Pakistan Navy at the age of 16, trained to survive the seas and later parting ways to embrace cricket formally.
These things though will not count for much in an India versus Pakistan match.
And this despite a dismal 2-13 record against India in various ICC tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20), which makes the "Men In Blue" firm favourites.
Indian national cricket team captain Virat Kohli addressed a press conference ahead of Sunday's mouthwatering ICC Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan. "We are excited to be playing in the final and we'll treat this as any other knockout game", the Pakistan skipper said.
It was here that India lost their only match of the tournament so far, when Sri Lanka shocked them last week by easily chasing 321 for six - with seven wickets and more than an over to spare.
But many analysts believe if Pakistan can upset India, it will spark a renewal. In recent years the Pakistan side has been more venerable than numerous past and that still applies even after the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
When it comes to worldwide sporting rivalries, nothing really comes close to matching India against Pakistan at cricket.
"But things can change, and this is the time for us to change the tag that we don't perform well at ICC events".
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Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round. He landed the ball perfectly on the fringe of the green and it rolled just past the hole for a makeable eagle putt.
No major global side has toured Pakistan since the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore during a Test match, in March 2009.
"Our real strength is our bowling and we must bat first if we win the toss".
At home, Pakistani fans are grappling with myriad corruption allegations from their Super League in February, and match-fixing accusations also fester elsewhere. "The pressure is high for both sides and their countries ... it is a dream final for the sponsors and the broadcasters", he added. For once, they behaved like gentleman, a requisite the game demands. "They are intimidating opposition bowlers with their class and breathtaking stroke-play".
England's humiliating defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan has cast a pall of gloom over the cricketing fraternity in United Kingdom, while Queen Elizabeth was furious and issued a royal notice to deport the entire England team to Cellular Jail in Andaman (India). "The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play - my statement was misunderstood". This is particularly true of Pakistan with Hasan Ali firing away in these overs.
"We have an important game of cricket coming up and to do our best we must 100 per cent ready. I can bet that India will win the trophy", he said. India have dominated proceedings except one match. It was a one-sided final of a tri-series which also saw Sri Lanka as Pakistan thrashed the hosts by 123 runs after scoring 291.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Cosby, who is legally blind and carries a cane, has arrived in court each day with someone from the world of entertainment.
Defense attorneys argued that the sexual contact was part of a consenting relationship between Cosby and Constand. Bill Cosby's chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict.
The Lakers worked out Ball twice and saw Jackson work out in Sacramento and at the team's practice facility in El Segundo. The Sixers will have two first-rounders next season, their own and an unprotected one from the Los Angeles Lakers .
LHP Dallas Keuchel (neck discomfort) and RHP Lance McCullers (lower back discomfort) could begin playing catch soon, Hinch said. The Red Sox are listed with odds of -105 to prevail, while the over/under total for the game has been set at 9.5 runs.
Never mind that his season started nearly nine months earlier with a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game. Learned how to win big games, and we had to win some big games. "I got a little medicine in it", he said.
Johnson was playing alongside Jordan Spieth , who was also two under for the day after five and one under overall. It's a nice comeback for Casey after he triple bogeyed the par-5 14th and shot 38 on the back nine.
Real estate agent Richard Barber said 54 percent of his company's sales were to buyers from overseas who prefer ritzy residences. On Saturday she spent two and a half hours meeting with victims, residents, community leaders and volunteers in Downing Street.
They were on their stomachs, hands cuffed behind their backs, staring up at more than a dozen law enforcement members. Bill Miller said Thursday that the homeowner caught the two trying to steal his vehicle, Fox News reported .
Co-leaders Paul Casey (71), Brian Harman , Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka (all 70) are at seven-under. Open at Chambers Bay for his second consecutive major title after winning the Masters two months earlier.
Seventeen players shot in the 60s at Erin Hills , which at 7,845 yards was the longest course in major championship history. McIlroy, the No. 2 player in the world, also arrived last Friday having missed the last month to rest a nagging rib injury.
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The driver of the Audi sustained a laceration on his arm, which was treated at the scene, police said. A crash involving a Miami Police officer left one man dead, early Saturday morning.
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Roger Williams told reporters. "He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding", the statement said. The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack.
London fire: Death toll rises to 58
BBC TV News is now reporting that the protesters feel let down by Kensington council, who are responsible for Grenfell Tower. Ms May will later chair a meeting on how the authorities can help affected communities and victims recover.
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Au moins six Marocains figurent parmi les victimes de l'incendie , a annoncé samedi le ministère marocain des Affaires étrangères. Cela porte le bilan à 58 morts, un chiffre susceptible de changer, 70 personnes étant toujours portées disparues.
Irish PM Varadkar to meet DUP and Sinn Féin
Newly-elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to hold separate talks with delegations from the DUP and Sinn Féin in Dublin later. On Brexit , Mrs Foster said the DUP wanted to see "a sensible Brexit and one that works for everybody".