India wary of rejuvenated Pakistan: Kohli


Not Mohammad Amir, not Junaid Khan, Pakistan are looking up to rookie right-arm pacer Hasan Ali to finish India off in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Then India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni - who will be in action again on Sunday - gave the ball to the inexperienced Joginder Sharma, who bowled a wide.

Amir was earlier forced to sit-out during his side's massive eight-wicket win over England in the first semi- final of the eight-team event at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday. I know there are people that expect the team and myself to do well every time that we play, but I understand as a player and as a person that it's not possible. Obviously, if you reach the finals, you have to play some good cricket, and credit to them, they have turned around things for themselves really well.

His unbeaten 96 runs innings against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston in Birmingham had seen that the Indian skipper has become the fastest batsman to score 8000 runs in ODI cricket.

The report quoted Betfair website as - if you bet on India you will get Rs 147 for Rs 100 and for Pakistan it is Rs 300 for Rs 100. "The boys now need to be level-headed and focus on playing good cricket", the former Pakistan captain added.

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"That was something we hadn't prepared for", he said.

Or the Pakistan team is mentally fragile and fail to stand up to the Indians come match day? We are keeping things simple as the more you are relaxed, the better decisions you make. "Moreover, I have been following the plans that he has given me and I have been pretty successful so far", he said. "Positive thinking helps me think positive about the game", Kohli said about his own batting. Going to big games like this, we will be treating it like we treated our last game.

"So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world". This time around, Star is believed to have sold many more spots than last time."While inflation has played a small role leading to increase in advertising rates, the broadcaster is using the occasion of an India-Pakistan match to charge more", observed Nikhil Rangnekar, media consultant, IPG Mediabrands, part of media planning group Lodestar UM. "I have already made it clear that any bilateral series with Pakistan is nearly impossible because there can not be sports relations between the two countries until there is terrorism from the Pakistani side", Goel has said last month in the national capital.

Goel, however, added that there was no control of the government on multilateral games.

Raghav Gupta of Fanatic Sports, India's leading sports tourism company and one which had brought 2000 people to the United Kingdom for the Champions Trophy said it well, "The moment India had restricted Bangladesh to 265, our phones just did not stop ringing".