ICC Champions Trophy Final: 'Colonial' rivals to fight for glory


The two have done a fantastic job for the team at the start of the innings and one more partnership of substance can give the side the required momentum for a possible victory. "But I always believe that in a big match, it is the moment that matters", he said.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but ... we've closed the chapter on that".

When Sarfraz was asked that same question, the Pakistan captain's answer was diametrically opposite.

"Very happy that we have found a core group of players who we can take forward and can work with in the 2019 World Cup", stated Arthur.

"We've got nothing to lose - the pressure is more on them (India)", Pakistan's bowling coach Azhar Mahmood said.

The aim is to "stay in a good zone" which requires one to spend quality time with himself rather than social media, feels Kohli. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done.

Kohli also revealed that as a group, his team coped with the pressure of such games with a simple technique: denial. You have to maintain a balance and then focus on what you need to do on the field. Yeah, that's probably been the biggest learning. "So long as the pools are balanced, it's silly to avoid (the fixture) when you can fairly cater for it", he had told to a British daily previous year. The skipper understands that it is a part and parcel of wearing the blue shirt for his country.

Before I dwell on Pakistan's strategy for the big match, I want to say that the final has given Sarfraz a God given opportunity of leaving a lasting legacy.

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"Whether you have played people or you haven't, you can not guarantee your performance".

"You have to focus on what you have to do on the field". You can't ignore it.

"I think the way Virat Kohli is batting and his timing is great". Obviously, if you reach the finals you have to play some good cricket, and credit to them (Pakistan), they've turned things around for themselves really well. "We never spoke of the semifinal in any different way".

"If you are thinking "we are three down and I might get out", then you will get out", he said.

"What we've produced after that doesn't come as any surprise, because that's how we trained, and that's what we worked at", Arthur told reporters at The Oval yesterday. "Even today's practice was something extra.There is no over-excitement", Kohli said.

"So we're quite aware of that but at the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing".

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". We are keeping things simple as the more you are relaxed, the better decisions you make. "We've practiced the same way from the first day we came here". Sarfraz and left-arm spinner Imad Wasim are the only members of this Pakistani side who have won an ICC tournament Final against India. While Hardik Pandya has been patchy with the ball, Kedar Jadhav's performance against Bangladesh will help Kohli to play around with his fifth bowlers' option.