Amir fit for Champions Trophy final


31 Wickets for Pakistan, the most by a team in the 2017 Champions Trophy.

However, when a picture surfaced of former India skipper MSDhoni holding the baby of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in his arms on Saturday, the moment was more than an adorable one and it took social media by storm.

The stage is once again set for the game that always brings the two nations to a standstill, as the fierce arch rivals India and Pakistan clash in the Champion Trophy final on Sunday at The Oval, London.

"Everyone is aware of the kind of talent Pakistan have in their team. And you have to be close to reality and you can't live in a dilemma and you have to focus on the things that you have to do on the field", he added.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game.That was an aberration".

After scoring an unbeaten 76 against South Africa in the final group game, Kohli smashed 96 not out off 78 balls against Bangladesh in the semis to help India enter the final of the mega tournament.

And that's why, the 28-year-old India skipper said he was hoping for a very well contested Champions trophy final.

Kohli already has 27 ODI centuries to his name, with a career strike-rate in excess of 91, and such has been the passionate drive with which he has led India that his fortunes and those of the team as a whole now seem indivisible.

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"We knew how hard the guys had prepared". We have practiced the same way as we started the day we came here. There wasn't any drop of intensity or something extra. It's the first time a major cricket tournament has ever culminated in the biggest local derby in the whole of sport.

As the cricket world gears up for the epic blockbuster game, where not only the players but the fans too will be under huge pressure. Whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after. They have played some good cricket at the right time. "We have changed nothing from the day we came here", he added.

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Asked about the bowling attacks of two teams, Tait said, "At the moment, Pakistan having Hasan Ali in the side, they have a slightly better attack".

"We have to (attack), we've got no option".

Gambhir is of the view that for Pakistani pacers to make an impact tomorrow in London, help from the conditions is imperative. "We dissected India a lot before the game at Edgbaston, and we've backtracked a little bit on that now and sort of solidified what we did really well, in terms of our batting, in terms of our fielding, and building on that".

He had said: "If India bats first & gets big score it will put Pak under pressure from accurate Indian bowling". I think India have an upper hand going into the match.