India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Sunday is touted to be D-day in the history of cricket as Team India takes on arch-rivals Pakistan to try and retain the ICC championship trophy. As the entire world is eying today’s clash of titans, several veterans from the cricketing world believe that it is going to be the mother of all cricketing spectacles. Expressing his view on today’s finale clash, Test wicketkeeper- batsman Wriddhiman Saha said that India have ticked all the boxes in the ongoing Champions Trophy and it will be no surprise that they would get past Pakistan to retain the title. “Barring one match (against Sri Lanka) India have done well in every department and they are overall favourites. It’s no surprise, you ask anyone, he or she will put India in the hot seat tomorrow,” Saha said on the sidelines of the first division CAB match yesterday.
India, in the Champions Trophy opener, routed Pakistan by a huge margin of 124 runs, however, it had to face defeat against Sri Lanka who beat the Virat Kohli-led team by seven wickets. Nevertheless, India bounced back with sheer confidence since then and ousted South Africa in a must win league match ahead of the semi-final win over Bangladesh. “It’s a high pressure game and the most important thing is to maintain composure. The team who will perform well, will win,” Saha said.
India has been capitalising on its high-end batting lineup throughout the Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs), Rohit Sharma (304 runs) and skipper Virat Kohli (253 runs) making it to the list of top-five highest run-getters’ in the championship. “Pakistan have bowled really well since the first game against India. It’s easy to say that India are better than Pakistan. That’s why I will always put India in front,” said the Indian Test wicketkeeper.
However, don’t forget that even Pakistan has shown some good game with its pace attack and its ace bowlers including Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees taking the top spots in the list of highest wicket-takers. However, Saha was affirmative on India’s performance with the ball. He said, “Every match in this tournament was vital. India have bowled well in every match and got teams all out too.”
The finale encounter will start at 3 PM (IST) at The Oval stadium in London today.