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18 Junio 2017, 04:55 | Gerardo Tarin

"It sounds amusing, but honestly it's so important to stay away from those things - to connect to things that matter, the things that a sportsman needs to take care of".

"And there will be days, when you score a zero and you feel great on the day as you have won a game of cricket".

But Arthur, who took charge shortly before last year's tour of England, always believed they could go all the way in this tournament. Pakistan were beaten by the defending champions to open the competition, but have fought back to reach the final, where they will look to quiet the powerful bats of India. The aggression ever present while on the field was distinctly absent.

The 1992 World Cup winners had the lowest seed of eighth before the event, but Arthur added: "We came here very, very firmly of the opinion that we wanted to come here and win it".

Admirable as those sentiments may be, Kohli will find few cricket fanatics in the two countries agreeing with him when he says of the final: "It's just another game of cricket".

Pakistan's run to the final has once again led to many comments about their notorious "unpredictability".

And it will be the battle between Pakistan's outstanding bowlers and a formidable Indian top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli that could decide the first major 50-over final between these neighbours. After the defeat in the league on June 4, all hell had broken loose in Pakistan.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan. Even though master blaster is not present with the team his helmet, which has a place of prominence in the Team India dressing room, definitely inspires the side. They're going in the right direction. These things though will not count for much in an India versus Pakistan match.

Only two weeks ago, India and Pakistan met in Birmingham, producing the sort of contest that has now become familiar. It is perhaps fitting.

"The India game was an aberration", Arthur told reporters at the Oval yesterday.

Apart from this being a face-off between the tournament's best batting side and the best bowling attack, it also pits the two best bowling attacks in the middle overs against each other.

Asked if India made a statement to their bitter rivals with the nine-wicket triumph over Bangladesh on Thursday night, Kohli dismissed the suggestion. But the fact is India have done better in this area too. Pakistan's bowlers, however, are only second, having claimed 18 wickets over the same period. Pakistan could make one change if Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm, is fit.

"Cometh the hour, cometh the Man" is an old adage which fits in perfectly with Indian captain Virat Kohli's cricketing philosophy as he revealed here Saturday how he visualises hard situations and formulate strategies.



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