Players of the both teams are in tense moments as they are training becoming mentally strong rather physically. However, both teams ready for showdown.
R Ashwin was seen with a heavily-taped right knee on the eve of the match, and had appeared to pull a muscle. He required the physiotherapist’s attention and was then seen doing short run ups followed by stretches later. If he is ruled unfit, Umesh Yadav, who took 3 for 30 in the opening match against Pakistan, may slot back into the XI. Such is the quality in India’s squad, that they can lose a player of Ashwin’s stature and still not be too badly dented by it.
India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin/Umesh Yadav,10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammad Amir has been ruled fit after missing the semi-final with a back spasm, meaning Rumman Raees is likely to exit the XI, despite his excellent debut.
Pakistan (possible) 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
A fresh pitch is being used for the match and appears mostly dry, so perhaps the track will favour batsmen and scores in excess of 300 are likely.
The pitch is fresh and wasn’t used for any of the earlier games in the tournament. It makes for a fascinating contest as the conditions are batsmen-friendly, but the sides playing have the best bowling units.
There is a reserve day for the final but it’s unlikely to be needed, for the sun has been out through the week in London and is forecast at 30 degrees tomorrow.
It automatically means that teams from subcontinent will feel at home, and hopefully produce some of their best cricket.
Earlier Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has vowed to continue playing “attacking and positive” cricket in tomorrow’s Champions Trophy final against India. He was speaking to media ahead of the clash in London.
Sarfaraz Vows to Continue Playing “Attacking, Positive” Cricket
Asked about the performance of youngsters, the Pakistan skipper said their performance is a good sign for the team as the three debutants in the tournament — Faheem Ashraf, Rumman Raees and Fakhar Zaman — have performed really well for the team. Shadab is also performing well, he added.
On Aamer Sohail’s disparaging remarks, Ahmed said the team was not thinking about what he said.
“We have played attacking cricket so far and we will continue playing positive cricket in tomorrow’s match,” Ahmed said.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has praised the remarkable comeback of Pakistan cricket team in ICC Champions Trophy ahead of the final between the traditional rivals on Sunday.
Pakistan Can Beat Any Side of World on Its Day: Kohli
Talking to media on Saturday, Kohli said that he is aware of Pakistan’s talent and believe that Pakistan can beat any side of the world on its day.
“Everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world. That’s the kind of players they have, and that’s the kind of ability they have in their side. So we’re quite aware of that,” Kohli said.
Micky Arthur’s winning formula
Mickey Arthur, the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team has revealed that the left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has regained fitness and is ready to play against India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.
Mickey Arthur expressed that the players had been very special as they dragged themselves up after the loss to India.
Arthur giving the formula for victory said that that the top-order of Indian batting libe has done tremendously well for the team and that also meant that the middle-order hasn’t really been tested throughout the tournament.
He went on to say that if Pakistan want to create a chance for themselves, they’ll have to focus their attack on top order of the Indian batting line.