India v Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy final: It’ll be challenging - Virat Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli said Pakistan will play hard in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sundayicc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 15, 2017 23:46 IST
Kohli, who firmly believes there are no guarantees in cricket, had to reply to a question on facing Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday even though his first response was a curt, “No thoughts on Pakistan.” (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - India vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli’s men in ICC Champions Trophy final)
Bangladesh vanquished, all the talk is around a Pakistan team that has stunned all and sundry with their resurgence in the Champions Trophy.
Kohli said Pakistan should be treated with respect and they will surely pose a challenge to the Indian team in a tournament final.
“I am very impressed with Pakistan. What a superb tournament has been for them. They have shown their belief as a team and it will be challenging for us,” said Kohli.
‘Don’t need to change’
Kohli, who scored a brilliant 96 on Thursday in India’s nine-wicket win against Bangladesh in the semifinal at Edgbaston cricket ground, said India don’t have to do anything special for the upcoming final.
“We don’t need to change much as a team. Just keep playing the cricket we have been doing,” said Kohli.
Kohli once again praised Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for India’s win against Bangladesh.
“In the last two games they have been terrific. They have created wicket-taking opportunities even in conditions that are tough for the bowlers,” said Kohli.
‘Confidence in dressing room’
India rode a stunning 178-run second wicket stand between Rohit Sharma and Kohli to steamroll Bangladesh. The Indian skipper said, “Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan dented the opposition mentally and they gave us so much confidence in the dressing room.”
India travel to London on Friday. While the players have earned a well deserved rest, Pakistan will be sweating it out at The Oval.
Mohammed Amir’s fitness will be key going forward for the three-time ICC Champions Trophy semifinalists.