Forget group win over Pakistan, Kohli warns before final

Forget group win over Pakistan, Kohli warns before final

Markets, roads and transport in Srinagar had shut much before the match started between the two arch rivals.

"You know, the ability to think otherwise in a hard situation is something that sets you apart in that situation and actually pulls the team through". As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just an aggressive display by Pakistan that did the team in.

"The biggest thing is to stay off social media". On the eve of the Champions Trophy final, there was neither big-talking nor attempts at mind games from either captain. The 28-year-old is now arguably peerless against the white ball, becoming in midweek the fastest to 8,000 ODI runs, in 175 innings, to go with his title as the greatest chaser in the game, with a record 17 of his 27 hundreds scored in the second innings of a match. It's a sight to behold!

Pakistan crushed India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval, London, here on Sunday. After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game.

For once, they behaved like gentleman, a requisite the game demands. Kapil Dev, who led India to the 1983 World Cup, reduced Pakistan to 33 for three. We came here very firmly of the opinion that we wanted to win it, and that has been our chat all the time.

Little did ICC imagine that they would be gifted with an India-Pakistan final, a battle that is still the biggest in cricket despite the one-sided nature of the contests in favour of India in recent times.

It was all a far cry from the Asian giants' opening group match at Edgbaston on June 4 where Pakistan slumped to 164 all out in a thumping 124-run defeat by India.

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

No matter what the official global television audience is for the final - wildly speculative figures exceeding one billion people have been reported - the match will bring cricket lovers in at least two countries to a standstill when it gets underway at 7.30pm AEST (late afternoon India and Pakistan Standard time). But we've got to look at our strengths, and our strength has been the fact that we've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods.

"We certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn't have anything going our way in that partnership". The caption of the video says,"What advice did @SDhawan25 have for @Jaspritbumrah93 ahead of his first ICC tournament final?" The players have been outstanding, the way they've prepared and the way they dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating [by India] at Edgbaston, was unbelievable. If India beat South Africa and Bangladesh in the knockout games, it was largely down to strong bowling in the middle overs.

"But I don't think we've exceeded expectations at all".

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