CT 2017: Firecrackers in Kashmir greet Pakistan's grip over India

Fernando Stephens
June 19, 2017

The Indian batting legend also expressed his admiration for Sarfraz Ahmed's captaincy and was full of praise for how Pakistan have managed to bounce back from their crushing loss to India in the group stage of the tournament.

The war of words had always been there, but the curses, trolls, and uncalled for verbal volleys on social media have made an India-Pakistan tie into a very ugly affair in the recent past and it isn't much different in the build up to the ICCChampions Trophy final. We certainly - yeah, it's been great to get to a final after where we were at, and credit goes to the players. Pakistan lost to India by 124 runs in their tournament starter at Birmingham before gathering momentum with wins against South Africa and Sri Lanka before completely outplaying tournament favourites England and India in the semis and the final.

Former star batsman Aamer Sohail has backtracked on his comments after his claim that the Pakistan team fixed matches at the ongoing Champions Trophy cricket tournament drew widespread criticism across the country.

When you are an underdog in a high-octane tournament final and your highly-regarded opponent is the defending champion, hardly anyone has any expectations of you - except of course your cricket-mad 200 million-plus compatriots. According to data by BARC cited in an Economic Times report, the Champions Trophy one day worldwide (ODI) match played between India and Pakistan on June 4, reached over 20 crore people. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

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"You have to make that sort of effort to stay in a good zone and a good mindset". Two of those have been in this tournament, one by England a year ago and the other was by India in 2007.

"What I meant was that Sarfraz has become captain only recently and Miandad is a very big name in Pakistan cricket".

"They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final", added the Indian skipper. "I think I have been able to strike a good balance until now, I'm sure I'll be fine for tomorrow", he said in his usual "Kohli- like confidence". Let us know in the comments and poll below.

"They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did", Kohli said. If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn't batted much this competition, so that's pretty much our aim and focus.

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