Champions Trophy final: Pakistan has nothing to lose, says Azhar Mahmood

“That said, the ICC Champions Trophy is the only event where it has defeated India, not once but twice – in 2004 at Southampton and in 2009 at Centurion”, wrote Hussey.”It could have been a big total”. But (we have told him) if he has any doubt he should let us know.Later, the 50-year-old clarified his position, saying: “My comments were made after I heard reports of Sarfaraz’s refusal to dedicate his performance against Sri Lanka to Miandad and him saying that Miandad criticises the team too much”. “Coming in to bat at number three is a hard task but I have faith in him”. He took two wickets in his 10 overs at a economy rate of 4.90.”Kedar’s spell was the difference in the game for us when we were bowling”. The Indian batsmen stood like concrete pillars against the Bangladeshi bowlers and the effect of the loss was so numbing that the supporters and the media of Bangladesh conceded to the fact that they were indeed beaten by an ultra-tough opponent, unlike the crying and blaming they do at other times.Former Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, opener Shikhar Dhawan, Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar, former cricketer Mohammad Kaif, former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith, former England player Michael Vaughan were among others to congratulate Kohli and his boys for emphatic victory. But sometimes it does not work, especially on this kind of wicket and bowling in the second half is always hard. We need to learn.India won against Bangladesh by easily reaching the target of 265 runs in 40.1 overs by just losing one wicket at Edgbaston, Burmingham. The question is can they now repeat the trick in Sunday’s final against an India team who have been piling on the runs and start the contest as firm favourites? If that asked, I will state that the supplications of the fans and God have won them the recreations.”This is the time to improve the mental and physical side of our game and also to attain skills and abilities”. Once you are mentally ready, anything can be possible. “We were in a situation in this game where we were controlling things, but like a few previous occasions we lost the momentum and never got it back”, the captain said.Their batsman also played in the most responsible manner which their scorecard clearly shows.”It’s easy to drop a player if he doesn’t perform”. “I look forward to playing as it’s a big occasion”, added Amir, now firmly back in the global fold after his career was halted by a ban and jail sentence for his part in a 2010 spot-fixing scam during a Test against England at Lord’s. “Whatever my team wants me to do, I should be able to do that for them”.India had Bangladesh comprehensively to enter the finals while Pakistan got the better of more fancied England in their semi-final clash. Maybe, maybe not, I’m still enjoying my cricket.