Champions Trophy 2017: Rain may disturb Pakistan vs India match

Ross Houston
June 4, 2017

The build-up to India's Champions Trophy campaign, which begins with a much-anticipated match against rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday, has been overshadowed by talk of a split between Kohli and Kumble. "We will look to get him out early so that there is pressure on the rest of their players", Sarfraz said. Azhar Ali was removed from captaincy and Sarfraz Ahmed was handed the role and more emphasis was given on fitness which saw the withdrawal of Umar Akmal from the squad. The intensity was right up there (during warm-ups), and that's something that was really nice to see for me as a captain. They need only look at the example of West Indies to know that.

The weather, however, can change but rain in Birmingham has a knack of playing spoilsport.

"We don't play them often", said Kohli. It was very interesting to read the other day - I go through the stats quite regularly - that in the past year we've scored the third-most amount of 300s. Gone are the days of just containing through the middle overs.

Junaid and Kohli have faced-off quite a few times in the past and the Indian star has managed to score just 2 runs off 22 balls in ODIs. But the heightened intrigue over the future of Kumble in his current role, following the BCCI's decision to not renew his one-year contract, has created a fog, where the focus on cricket has become unavoidably hazy. Off the field, when I have my own time, I choose to get away from things and relax as any normal human being would do. The spectators are eagerly waiting for the clash between India and Pakistan and finally, arch rivals from the sub-continent will meet each other in a group clash today.

It will be interesting to see what playing eleven Kohli picks for Sunday with all the players having made strong cases for themselves.

In a rain-curtailed match itself Dhoni's men thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets with the help of Duckworth and Lewis System. The match between India and Pakistan snatch the highest audience every time as it is related to the emotions of the people from both the countries.

Nevertheless, Kohli added: "Unless someone is part of something, I don't think they should sit at a distance and speculate and give judgements on what's happening". He's ready. If he gets the opportunity, I'm particularly confident in his ability to produce for us. Though the prediction shows that Pakistan has never won an ICC tournament match against India, we never knew what happens.

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