Champions Trophy final: Mercurial Pakistan shouldn't be discounted, says Hussey


"The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play ¿ my statement was misunderstood", Sohail said.

In an exclusive interview to, the Pakistan head coach said: "It is important that we play to our strengths, we gave too many chances to India in the earlier game".

It is surprising that two matches of different sports will be taking place on the same day and in the same city between Pakistan and India.

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Given that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's most successful bowler, has taken six wickets so far, it will take something special to stop Hasan from finishing as the leading wicket-taker in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides. "If we play to our best and do our basics well, we can beat anybody", he added.

The former national team captain had made the claim after Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in their last match in Group B on June 12 to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

India will play Pakistan in the finals of yet another major cricket tournament at the Oval on Sunday, June 18.

India shall be going into the match as the favorites both on form and the quality of players they have at their disposal.

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Imran's teammate and close ally, Javed Miandad said the Champions Trophy final could prove to be the gateway for the restoration of bilateral cricket series with India. So we've got to try and put them under extreme pressure particularly by knocking their top order over.

13-2 India's win-loss record in ICC world events against Pakistan (including the bowl-out win against Pakistan in the 2007 World T20).

In all ICC tournaments including the ODI World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20, the sub-continental rivals have met 15 times with India emerging victorious on 12 occasions.

"He's very positive. He's an aggressive captain and he wants to take wickets. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done".

India skipper Virat Kohli at training.

Led by Virat Kohli, India will be playing their fourth Champions Trophy final while Pakistan, having already lost to India in the league matches, their first-ever tournament decider.

On the eve of Sunday's high-profile rematch he also said the Birmingham encounter was an "aberration", entirely uncharacteristic these days of a team who often glory in their reputation for unpredictability. "I don't think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day".