The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees - who made his debut in the semi-finals - will look to provide depth and variation to the Pakistan bowling line-up.
The 25-year-old too is confident in his fitness for the final, saying: "I am fast gaining fitness. Besides, any subcontinental team is generally comfortable against spin which is another reason why I would prefer Umesh although Ashwin too is a fantastic competitor", Gambhir felt. "I look forward to playing as it's a big occasion".
Etawah: When India take on Pakistan in the much-anticipated, high octane summit clash of the Champions Trophy 2017 on Sunday, Mehboob Hasan, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's uncle, will be praying and cheering for Virat Kohli & Co to defend the coveted trophy they won in 2013. He can give you a match-winning performance in any game that he plays. "We've practised the same way from the first day we came here". It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game.
"The way the players dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was incredible".
Talking about the most important thing India should do in the final, Gambhir said, "The key will be to control nerves, play your own game, in short play the game and not the event".More news: American Legion marks Flag Day
India have already beaten Pakistan in the ongoing tournament during the preliminary stage.
Virat Kohli has almost 16 million followers on micro-blogging site "Twitter" but the Indian captain considers it as a distraction before a big match like ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan tomorrow. But, one can not underestimate Pakistan, looking at their performance in the last few matches, especially against England. "That's our aim and focus".
This was the first time Pakistan had batted first in the tournament and captain Sarfraz Ahmed said: "We will hope to score 300 plus runs".
India are favourites to retain the Champions Trophy today but they would probably have preferred to face different opponents than arch-rivals Pakistan in what is sure to be a highly-charged final at The Oval. Some teams start confidently and then they fade. "They are better than Pakistan when you compare the players, but I think they could get complacent and this could work to Pakistan's advantage". On 3 October 2015, the team suffered a shock defeat to Zimbabwe in Harare and slipped to ninth in the ICC ODI Rankings, just four days after the cut-off date to qualify for CT17 as one of the top eight sides in the world.
"People are just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session, and that's the kind of approach we have maintained throughout the tournament. Honestly, you can't think of those things when you step onto the field", said Kohli in the pre-match press conference on Saturday. "This is a part of being an Indian cricketer, you have to find a way to deal with it".