Forget group win over Pakistan, India's Virat Kohli warns before final

  • Forget group win over Pakistan, India's Virat Kohli warns before final

Forget group win over Pakistan, India's Virat Kohli warns before final

A wounded Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval here on Sunday.

"You can't ignore it".

They also have a well-balanced attack, with new-ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah supported by contrasting spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, with the like of Kedar Jadhav, as he showed against Bangladesh, also able to chip in with useful wickets.

"Exposure to high-pressure situations is what India have had above Pakistan", he said.

India against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy has been set up as a spectacular way to culminate the tournament that brings together the best eight in the world. India would certainly hope that it does not catch up with them considering the all-win supremacy they have so far enjoyed against Pakistan in ICC-run tournaments.

There has always been a lot of hype associated with India-Pakistan matches.

India have twice topped 300 this month and chased a further 455 for the loss of only three wickets in their other two matches. Toss will take place 30 mins prior to the beginning of the clash.

Kohli already has 27 ODI centuries to his name, with a career strike-rate in excess of 91, and such has been the passionate drive with which he has led India that his fortunes and those of the team as a whole now seem indivisible. It's how you prepare for the big games.

On the eve of Sunday's high-profile rematch he also said the Birmingham encounter was an "aberration", entirely uncharacteristic these days of a team who often glory in their reputation for unpredictability.

I don't see any relevance of the first game in the final.

They beat South Africa by 19 runs under the D/L method and defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets to qualify for the semi-finals. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "Defeat at Edgbaston is history now". That game, won by India, was one of the top-six most viewed sporting events. "We've never spoken of the semifinal in any different way", the Indian skipper said.

India's bowlers have been hugely effective, taking wickets in the middle overs to strangle opponents.

"We have played here before, one more effort to go and I'm sure the guys will give it our best shot", added Kohli.

"(Big television audiences) is a part of being an Indian cricketer and then having performed for a few years obviously expectations go up.

It is estimated more than a billion worldwide tuned in to watch India beat Pakistan in their group-stage clash at Adelaide in the last World Cup.

After Friday's practice, Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood said of Amir: "He bowled today without any problem whatsoever". He is quite an aggressive player and that has helped Pakistan get some quick runs at the top of the order.