Mohammad Amir confident of being fit for Champions Trophy final

If Pakistan had not grappled with the age-old problem of dropped catches, India wouldn't have defeated them by a mammoth 124 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method) in their ICC Champions Trophy opener. Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off.

With Virat Kohli's team ticking nearly all boxes, can the ever mercurial Pakistan defy the odds and become the fourth team to win all three ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, World T20 and the Champions Trophy)?

The second India-Pakistan final in an ICC event has some unusual resemblances with the first one.

Hosts and tournament favourites England were sent packing in the semi-finals as Pakistan cantered to an astounding eight-wicket win.

The powerhouses, who clobbered Bangladesh to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in England on Thursday, will be led by batting star Virat Kohli and includes the core of the unit now at the showpiece in London. Both took different routes to reach the final 10 years ago, just like in England now. "They have got some really experienced players who have played in big pressure games, they know how to handle these kind of situations and I think this is a tactic that works for them", Dravid said.

"They are going to need people like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, their two most experienced players to really step up if they want to win this game", he added. Even today's practice was absolutely similar. There was no over excitement.

"There's no overexcitement. People are just doing the normal things that they do".

"What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have", Kohli said.

"The more relaxed you stay in these kind of situations, it's a good thing because it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally and you can help the team come out of hard situations only if you are thinking in that fashion. If we play to our best and do our basics well, we can beat anybody", he added.

Despite all-rounder Hardik Pandya getting belted by the Bangladesh duo of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in the second semi-final in Birmingham, Kohli backed the youngster's inclusion, terming him as a "complete package".

Pakistan have made it to the finals after a few close encounters after they were beaten comprehensively by India on June 4.They turned it around after that Pakistan had to play every game as a knockout final.

However, the India skipper said they were not looking at past records and would rather focus on putting up a complete performance in the summit showdown.

"We are a young team and are very excited and motivated for the game", Sarfaraz said, responding to an Indian journalist's question regarding emotions ahead of the game.

"History can change, and I hope we can (change it)".

"It wouldn't be a shock if we won", Azhar said.

Now, with left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir returning to the side after a back spasm ruled him out of the England match, Arthur believes there will be no repeat of their woeful pool showing against India when the latest edition of world cricket's most high-profile contest takes place in London.

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