Pakistan’s Amir fit for Champions Trophy final

Virat Kohli’s knack of dealing with the expectations of 600 million cricket-crazy India supporters will be put to the test as never before in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. However, it is the players on the field with their skills, which can make this contest even more memorable. They were exceptional against Sri Lanka and very impressive against England in the semifinals.Both Pakistan and India have stormed into the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final with dominant performances in their semi-finals against the host England and Bangladesh respectively.Kohli insist the Pakistan side who broke England’s hearts in a crushing semi-final victory are more risky than the team India beat at Edgbaston in the group stage.Coming at time when political relations between the neighbouring nations has been volatile, the cricket buffs from across the globe are waiting with bated breath for the Sunday’s titular clash. But not only have Pakistan, the lowest ranked team in a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day worldwide sides, always been regarded as world cricket’s most “unpredictable” outfit, they have lost all three of their previous knockout matches against India at global Cricket Council tournaments. “It is a mercurial team and this tournament has thrown up so many upsets so far”, Hussey wrote in a column for the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Toss will take place 30 mins prior to the beginning of the clash. It’s how you prepare for the big games.Ahmed confirmed that Muhammad Amir was fit, but shied from confirming whether he would play tomorrow’s match claiming the playing eleven had not been decided since the team had not seen the pitch yet.”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”, he added. They will probably go into the game as favourites.Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail recently said Pakistan have reached the final with the help of external forces, which was interpreted as fixing in matches.”They’ve beaten sides that looked really strong against them, but the belief just showed on the field [with] the way they played together as a team“, he told reporters after Thursday’s game.Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will play in the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals India, coach Mickey Arthur said on Saturday. The trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli have combined for 81.4 percent of all India’s runs in the competition.Talking about the most important thing India should do in the final, Gambhir said, “The key will be to control nerves, play your own game, in short play the game and not the event”.