India and Pakistan ready for billionaire showdown

18 Juin, 2017, 06:42 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
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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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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.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav.

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.


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