India vs Pakistan final, ICC Champions Trophy: Is Pakistan already under pressure and too scared about getting defeated by India? It seems so as many former Pakistani cricketers are coming forward with advisories for Sarfraz Ahmed and his men. Pakistan’s former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar too took to Twitter to give advice to Sarfraz Ahmed and Company ahead of the crucial India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy final on Sunday. The video by Shoaib Akhtar comes a day after former World Cup winning captain Imran Khan said that Pakistan has got a golden opportunity in the Champions Trophy final to avenge its humiliating defeat to India in their first match of the tournament.
Releasing a video on Twitter, Akhtar said, “Don’t be under pressure, just don’t panic and play sensible cricket to give a smart run chase.”Toss doesn’t matter, take no pressure,” Akhtar added in the video. Earlier, on Saturday, Imran Khan had said that Pakistan has got a great chance to restore pride in the final because of the way the team lost the first match to India. “It was humiliating how badly we lost that match and we can turn things around now,” he added.
Imran Khan regarded as Pakistan’s best captain after he led them to the 1992 World Cup title said Pakistan needed to learn from the mistakes it made against India in that match. Imran also advised Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed to avoid putting India in to bat first if he won the toss in the final. “India has a very good batting line-up and if they put up a big total it will bring pressure on us. The strategy of fielding first against other teams has worked well for Sarfraz against other teams as the spinners throttled the opposition in the middle overs and Hassan Ali bowled really impressively,” he said. But he warned against India in the big final, Pakistan needed to bat first.
Here is the video by Shoaib Akhtar:
we are already proud of you Pak team so go out there enjoy & be positive.. pic.twitter.com/fBevBKEPeE
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 17, 2017
“India has a strong batting and if they put up a big total it will mean double pressure for us. I mean the pressure on our bowlers and the pressure of keeping up with the run-rate on the scoreboard.” “Our real strength is our bowling and we must bat first if we win the toss. Our batting is not that good our bowling is better,” he added.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.
India vs Pakistan final to start at 3 pm IST. However, the toss will happen 30 minutes before that.