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Kohli's social media detox for Trophy final

18 Junio 2017, 11:34 | Gerardo Tarin

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Kohli announced to the press during the week that he had limited the use of social media within the camp during the competition, yet the internet is set to implode when these two sides collide in a much-anticipated contest set to raise the temperature further on one of the hottest days of the English summer. For Pakistan, who lost to India in their tournament opener, this is the first entry into the finals of the coveted 50-overs tournament. "All TV execs around the world are now cracking a nice bottle open to celebrate", tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan. For once, they behaved like gentleman, a requisite the game demands. They played fielders' cricket.

It is apparent that there is a newfound vigour in the Pakistan side since their defeat to India in Edgbaston, but the change is not extraordinary enough to cause concern in the Indian camp.

The 2017 Champions Trophy for them has been a sort of similar tale.

"It's been quite a few years I've been dealing with [the pressure]", said Kohli, who has quietly caressed unbeaten scores of 81, 76 and 96 during this campaign, albeit with his one failure - a duck during the group-stage defeat to Sri Lanka - coming at The Oval.

Pakistan's run to the final has once again led to many comments about their notorious "unpredictability". India should be aware of this fact. It hasn't beaten India in a major ICC event in eight years, and it hasn't won a global ODI title since 1992.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah. And whenever the others have got the opportunity, they have delivered.

Kohli's own performances at the Champions Trophy have seen him return to the top of the one-day worldwide batting rankings.

"This is a part of being an Indian cricketer".

If the defending champions beat Pakistan today, then they will become the No. 1 ODI team by knocking South Africa off the top spot, reports the Guardian. The batsmen then had just to complete the formalities.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but".

Pakistan, without their leading fast bowler Mohammad Amir due to injury, strangled the usually free-scoring England batsmen on a slow wicket in Cardiff with a disciplined display of bowling and fielding. A fresh pitch at The Oval will present a very different challenge against India's pedigree batting line-up, however. Even keeping in mind that cricket is a game of glorious "uncertainties" one can safely predict that India start 80-20 favourites.

Afridi's comments come ahead of the Champions Trophy final, where the two nations will go up against each other. "It is bigger than the Ashes - and expectation is high from both nations, insane about cricket". "In the PSL we're getting all our top players rubbing shoulders with some of the best players around the world, so that is rubbing off on our cricket now, where certainly there had been a void for a period of time".

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