Don't think we need to change anything for final: Kohli

Henrietta Brewer
June 17, 2017

India captain Virat Kohli heads into a Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan back on top of the one-day worldwide batting rankings.

But on Friday, Sohail claimed that he never accused the national team of fixing matches and was only criticising Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for not dedicating the win over Sri Lanka to legendary batsman Javed Miandad, whose birthday fell on that day.

"You can say that it is a dream, but I had set a goal after the West Indies series to become the top bowler while in England". There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to be so happy. He adds, "I don't know there's much that we need to change as a team".

With cricket becoming a game of so much glorious uncertainities, it's the cricket fans in South Asia who will yet again be witnessing the showstopper of the year in the shape of Pak-India final at The Oval on June 16.

"Before this game I had six wickets and majority are pure batsmen.it's not like I have been getting out bowlers", he insisted. They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not based on on-field performance.


The left-arm pacer, who missed Pakistan's Champions Trophy semi-final against Engand in Cardiff because of a back spasm, appeared to be fully fit.

"I think Virat has to stick to what's worked well for him".

Now India will play Pakistan in the final on Sunday.

"I thought we were in a very good situation to score 300-320, that would have been a different game", said Shakib.

In these editions of the tournament which determines the champions in the continent, India decimated Bangladesh but went on to lose their next games to either Pakistan or Sri Lanka - in group stages or even in the finals.


Facing each other for the first time in an ODI match since the 2015 ICC World Cup, Pakistan lost to India by a margin of 124 runs leading to severe words of criticism from former Pakistan players like Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi.

Many of my cricket loving friends are eagerly awaitingIndia encountering Pakistan in the final on Sundayand expect that both the teams will give their best.

"We played some really good cricket".

"This is the game they want, but it is up to us how we handle the pressure on the day". "We'll be doing the same things we have been doing in this tournament".

Pakistan's defeat to India came at a hefty price as speedster Wahab Riaz was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury he sustained during the match. After Dhawan's dismissal, on came the skipper and right from the very beginning he started tormenting Bangladeshi bowlers, scoring a masterful 96 not out in just 78 balls.


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