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Kohli calls for calm

In the last two encounter between the two sides, India inflicted a crushing 124 run victory over Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 4. On the eve of the Champions Trophy final, there was neither big-talking nor attempts at mind games from either captain.India’s selectors have opted to rest opener Rohit Sharma and seamer Jasprit Bumrah (not pictured) both of whom played in Thursday’s Champions Trophy semi-final.”They’re genuinely excited”, he said at The Oval before their last practice. Pakistan have played some good cricket and have had some good wins. The end result was embarrassing.”The turnaround has been magnificent”, said Kohli of Pakistan’s march to the final.”Our strength has been the fact that we’ve been able to take wickets, and we’ve been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods”, explained Arthur.”If we can get among them with the new ball, we can expose their middle order that hasn’t batted much in this competition”.In 2015, India beat Pakistan by 76 runs at the World Cup in Sydney, Australia while the following year, Pakistan lost by six wickets during the World Twenty20 in Kolkata, India. Then they crushed England in the semifinals, and the least surprised was Arthur, who didn’t hide his emotions in the stands.”The India game was an aberration”, he said. We have seen some really surprising results, and it’s been awesome for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well,”said Kohli”. We’ve closed the chapter on that. “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.Team India, the defending champions, registered their place in the Champions Trophy final after registering resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another mouth-watering, high-octane clash with Pakistan in the finals on Sunday.Champions Trophy is the only major ICC event where Pakistan has defeated India, not once but twice – in 2004 at Southampton and in 2009 at Centurion. It could make history at The Oval.Kohli, 28, moved to the top of the One Day International batting rankings this week as three half-centuries in the tournament have taken his total runs in the 50-over format to 8,008 at an average of 54.07. We went on to win that match. Even today’s practice was absolutely similar. There’s no overexcitement. People are just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session.”When you are calm and composed mentally you play your best”.India are the favorites heading into Sunday’s ICC final. But isolation has stymied Pakistan.I would also want the cricketing world and the ICC to keep a close eye on the significance of an Indo-Pak cricket match of this magnitude and what it means to the fans of the game all around.