Champions Trophy 2017: Kohli should not change anything, says Dravid

Champions Trophy 2017: Kohli should not change anything, says Dravid”

Though they're the favorites to win, Indian captain Virat Kohli has been quick to not underestimate a resurgent Pakistani side. Three of their players - Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt - were guilty of match-fixing during the 2010 tour of England and were penalised accordingly. In his place, another left-arm pacer Rumman Raees made his debut to feature in the final eleven.

"It will also act as a wake-up call for the entire cricket fraternity that Pakistan can not be side stepped as a cricket force and cries to relaunch worldwide cricket in Pakistan may grow stronger after this performance".

"Amir bowled today. Amir is fit". We all know that Pakistan were among the least favourite teams to progress this far.

Kohli also loves wearing the Indian jersey and as de Villiers reveals, the India skipper wants to go on playing for the country.

Pakistan are out to change the course of cricket history by shocking their great rivals India in a Champions Trophy final which they believe is "bigger than the Ashes".

"It didn't happen overnight". And there is still room for further improvement. The more experience guys get in that middle order, the more they learn to play on these surfaces.

MASHRAFE MORTAZA: Look, it's hard to answer that question for me because I know they might have thought this is part-time but they have to go after him.

When asked if England should have picked an extra batsman Root was emphatic in his response: "No".

Root, who is the Test skipper, said of the match: "We can make excuses, we can say the wicket was more favourable to Pakistan". It is held every four years; this is the eighth edition.

Incidentally, India versus Sri Lanka match also fared well and clocked 34 million impressions. "But at times, the ball stops on this pitch", he explained.

In between, Ajay Jadeja, Venkatesh Prasad, Hrishikesh Kanitkar or Joginder Sharma have all played their bit roles in winning big matches thereby overcoming the Sharjah Syndrome that affected the Indian teams of the mid-80's and early-90's.

While India is all set to take on Pakistan after defeating Bangladesh in semi-finals, Pakistan has chose to opt out from the mega event citing safety issues as their major area of concern.

"We played against England past year, they got 440 against us but we beat them in Cardiff with good planning and the way the bowlers executed our plans". "We made a lot of mistakes in that match and we received criticism for it too".

"The belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team and regardless of who you play in the finals, it's always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it's a big game, then your mindset changes". We are not going to take anything for granted for sure.

"We have two [more group] matches. We are hoping that this time [in the final] we'll execute our plan successfully and the result will be different". What a terrific bowler he is turning out to be, and there is absolutely no doubt that if not for Hasan, Pakistan wouldn't be here in the final. "He is a wicket-taker".

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