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Despite all-rounder Hardik Pandya getting belted by the Bangladesh duo of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in the second semi-final in Birmingham, Kohli backed the youngster's inclusion, terming him as a "complete package". And that's why, the 28-year-old India skipper said he was hoping for a very well contested Champions trophy final.
But after bowling in the nets at the Oval on Friday, Amir told AFP: "I am fast gaining fitness. I look forward to playing as it's a big occasion".
"The team who will perform well will win", Saha said.
Pakistan have surprised many to reach the final of CT17, a tournament it very almost failed to qualify for. We have seen some really surprising results, and it's been incredible for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well,"said Kohli".
"I don't see any relevance of the first game here".
Despite the start of the tournament being headlined by the trouble within the Indian camp, the players and the head coach Anil Kumble have managed to work well as a unit and as Saha said, are favourites to defend the trophy they won back in 2013.
"It carried that momentum to the England match, where everything clicked and now it has another opportunity to face arch-rival India in the final", Hussey explained. Billed as the "Mother of all Cricketing rivalries", the India-Pakistan clash is more than just a game of cricket.
Or will it be the slick, skilled side who hammered England by eight wickets in the semi-finals, with Hasan Ali, the competition's leading wicket-taker, spearheading a brilliant bowling effort as the previously unbeaten tournament hosts were dismissed for just 211 before the likes of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman helped knock off the runs in dashing style? "That's how this game goes, and that's the beauty of this game", said Kohli when asked if Pakistan will be rattled by India's performance. 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. "That's our aim and focus".
Pakistan will summon up the spirit of Imran Khan's "cornered tigers" as they attempt to complete their remarkable Champions Trophy journey by upsetting India in what could be the most watched cricket match of all time. "The team which has better frame of mind will win the game".
"Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off".
But since then the Pakistani side have come a long way. Kohli said Pakistan should be treated with respect and they will surely pose a challenge to the Indian team in a tournament final.
"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". 'You can't think of how many people will be watching when you step out onto the field.
"Cometh the Hour Cometh the Man" is an old adage which fits in perfectly with Indian captain Virat Kohli's cricketing philosophy as he reveals how he visualises hard situations and formulate strategies. You can't ignore it.
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