ICC Champions Trophy Final 2017: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is all set to lead its side in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 at the Oval on Sunday. While all his relatives are going to cheer for Pakistan, his Uncle Mehboob Hasan will be cheering for India. Hasan who lives in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, said that Sarfraz is Pakistan cricket team’s captain but he and his kids will only cheer and pray for the Indian side. In a report to Hindustan Times, he said, “Where is the pressure? He (Sarfraz) is playing for his team. My children and I always root for Team India.”
He added, “His team cannot match our team. We have better players and our team is superior. I can bet that India will win the trophy,” in a report by Indian Express. Even though Hasan is pitting for India’s win the final he is happy about his nephew’s performance in total. He said, “I am happy he is doing so well in life and cricket.”
Both the team have played in the ICC Knockout stages three occasions out of which India has defeated Pakistan twice.
India’s remarkable consistency will be up against Pakistan’s legendary volatility when the fierce rivals clash in what is expected to be an exciting finale to the ICC Champions Trophy, in London on Sunday.
The often tense political relations between the neighbouring nations add colour to the bitter yet intense rivalry, which has nowadays been confined only to global events due to the Indian government’s refusal to allow bilateral contests.
Defending champions India had got the better of the rivals in the league stage of the ongoing tournament. And captain Virat Kohli has already declared that nothing extra is needed to get the same result despite the turnaround by Sarfraz Ahmed’s men since then.
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.
Match will start at 3 pm IST.