Champions Trophy: Team India gear up ahead of grand final against Pakistan

It was only on June 4 that India launched their title defence with a 124-run rout of Pakistan at Edgbaston.Houghton is Zimbabwe’s highest Test scorer – 226 versus Sri Lanka in 1994-95.- If Dhawan makes a half-century, he will have done so more than any other batsman in the Champions Trophy (he now has six). “He can be effective as a bowler and his batting is priceless”, the 28-year-old told reporters here. Let’s be under no illusion, India are a fantastic cricket team at the moment.The Indian cricket and hockey teams may be just 20 minutes away from each other in London, but they have remained in their own worlds ahead of their respective India versus Pakistan matches on Sunday. I mean, whether you have played people before or you haven’t, this game, as I said, you can not guarantee a performance.He added: “You have to be close to reality”.India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament’s leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan. “India’s top three have all scored runs through this tournament and most pleasing in their eyes, I’m sure, was to see Virat showing his class”.Kohli expected the match to be a good contest where all the 22 players will give their all to take their team through. “I honestly don’t think of those things when I step on to the field”. So, the more relaxed you stay in these kinds of situations, it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally. “If you do something wrong, we will point it out to you; if you do something right, we will tell you that too; and if you do something wrong in an attempt to do something right, we will point that out to you as well”, Aamer further said, apparently in defence of Miandad’s criticism. “Regardless of who you play in the finals, it’s always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it’s a big game, then your mindset changes”, added Kohli.”That’s something I work on”. I’ve learned a lot how to handle certain things. “And that can only happen when you’re able to coat with yourself first”, said Kohli.”We are quite aware of that but at the same time neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant to what we are doing”.”Pakistan has surprised everyone in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after being ranked eighth coming into the tournament and was well and truly beaten in its first match against India”.One of the most unpredictable sides in world sport, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day worldwide sides and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India.Arthur, a former coach of both his native South Africa and Australia, labelled Pakistan’s performance that day as “shambolic”. But the green army have managed to pull up their socks after the thrashing and have played some good cricket.After managing to crawl into semi-final, they beat England to enter finals.