India vs Pakistan Final, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India and Pakistan are set to lock horns with each other in the final of ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday afternoon. Both Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed have proved their mettle and paved way to seat their teams in the final spot. There is no doubt that both the captains are poles apart when it comes to nature, game plan and on-field temperament. However, there is one similarity that connects the stalwarts. Both Virat and Sarfraz have been the winning captains of Under-19 cricket World Cup teams. While the Pakistani skipper headed his team to Under-19 World Cup victory in 2006, Virat bagged the same title in 2008 defeating South Africa. And, now they are set to meet in final of the Champions Trophy at the Kennington Oval on Sunday.
The 2006 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was hosted in Sri Lanka in February and the final match was played between Pakistan and India in Colombo, where Sarfraz-led Pakistan team won by 3 wickets, enabling them to become the first back-to-back champions of the tournament. Interestingly, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla were among the Indian players who were a part of that team.
Two years later, Virat Kohli-led Under-19 Indian cricket team defeated South Africa at Kuala Lampur in March 2008 to become the World Champions. Ravindra Jadeja was the vice-captain of that team.
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Similar action is expected to be seen today as both the teams look are charged up to grab the trophy. India’s batting line-up, as expected, has fired big time in this tournament with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs) and Rohit Sharma (304 runs) topping the run charts. Even skipper Kohli, with 253 runs, has made it to three Indians in top-5 list.
According to a report by PTI, Kohli is confident that his middle-order comprising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, that has gone untested so far, will come good if ‘Law of Averages’ catches up with them.