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Pakistan’s Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

And the record favours India by 13/15. Except the unpredictability quotient that comes into play when the Pakistan team is in action and the dynamics of the historic rivalry between the sides, the Indian side should see it through once again.The India captain and world’s No.1 ODI batsman wants to avoid any potential social media distractions which might stop his men focusing fully on retaining the ICC Champions Trophy.Fakhar Zaman was only a year old when Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar had raced away to a sizzling 84-run opening stand as Pakistan responded strongly to India’s 287 in the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal in Bangalore.After Pakistan was thrashed by India by 124 runs two weeks ago, coach Mickey Arthur blamed “the magnitude of the occasion” for the fear his side showed.In what is going out to be a keenly-watched match, Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to bowl against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London on Sunday.”Cometh the hour, cometh the Man” is an old adage which fits in perfectly with Indian captain Virat Kohli’s cricketing philosophy as he revealed here Saturday how he visualises hard situations and formulate strategies.De Villiers characterised Kohli, who struck an unbeaten 76 in last Sunday s eight-wicket win over South Africa, as “being a consummate surgeon at the crease”.De Villiers, who is now struggling with a poor run of form despite being at the helm of the number one ODI team, said that Kohli is able to cope with the extreme pressure that comes with being captain of the Indian cricket team.India’s bowlers aren’t too far behind, but they got a massive helping hand from their fielders (against South Africa) and a part-timer (Kedar Jadhav against Bangladesh). You have to maintain a balance and then focus on what you need to do on the field. So that exposes more and more young players to pressure situations, and I think the more we can expose our guys to those situations, the better results we get out on the ground.It carried that momentum to the England match, where everything clicked and now it has another opportunity to face arch-rival India in the final.”It is just another game of cricket tomorrow”. Now they’ll try to work some magic against the bats of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shekhar Dhawan. “Before the Edgbaston game I thought they were really, really calm, but they’re very, very excited now, and there’s a hell of a good vibe in that dressing room”.The national team’s skipper also confirmed that fast bowler Mohammad Amir is fit to play the final. Former chief selector said his anger was due to Sarfraz’s refusal to dedicate the victory against Sri Lanka to batting legend Javed Miandad, who was celebrating his birthday on that day, because he criticised the team too much.