Virat Kohli urges Team India to stay relaxed ahead of ICC Champions Trophy final vs Pakistan

first_imgVirat Kohli is all geared up for the clash of titans at the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. The title holders India start as favourites against their arch-rivals Pakistan when the two cricketing giants meet for the one last time, at least in the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy in England.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners. (Pakistan bowlers will realise the importance of controlling Virat Kohli on Sunday: AB de Villiers)India have been dominant against Pakistan in ICC events, with the overall record being 13-2 in their favour.”It’s just another game of cricket tomorrow, whatever the result we have to go forward and play more games after that,” Kohli said on the eve of the big final. (Still have fond memories of playing in India: Shahid Afridi ahead of India-Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy final)Kohli further tipped his Indian teammates to stay relaxed.”The more relaxed you stay in these kinds of situations, it is a good thing because it helps you take better decisions,” Kohli added. (ICC Champions Trophy: Have no option but to attack Indian top order, says Mickey Arthur)Cricket’s biggest rivalry has become a bit of a dud. India have won all of their matchups in global tournaments for the last five years, including two weeks ago on the Trophy’s opening weekend. India won by 124 runs, their seventh win out of 10 one-day internationals since 2010.advertisementThe final is India’s fourth in the last eight global tournaments. The Indians are the defending champions; powerful, purring and perpetual. (ICC Champions Trophy final: Mercurial Pakistan shouldn’t be discounted, says Mike Hussey)India’s top three batsmen believe they can chase down anything: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma lead the tournament scoring list and Kohli is fifth.The India skipper is in top form scoring 253 runs and has been dismissed only once in four innings. (ICC Champions Trophy: India wary of maverick Pakistan in high-octane final)”I visualize a lot, see myself in difficult situations convincing that I can pull the team out in those situations,” Kohli added.Star spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja no longer dominate the bowling attack but share the load with pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who boast economies of 4 plus.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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