ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Rains may play spoilsport during India-Pakistan clash

On a day when it became official that Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble are not on the same page - BCCI's denials notwithstanding, Ramachandra Guha's letter vouches for it - the captain and coach came together for a million dollar picture, and for a brief footage as well. I want to see them produce the goods for Pakistan, because they are the most experienced players in the side. In Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, India have a fast bowling quartet that could be the best in the tournament.

But Pakistan are not without hope and boast proven performers in the likes of skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, an excellent wicket-keeper/batsman, was well as a big-hitting rookie in Faheem Ashraf. "It will be a normal game, we have to make sure we play the best cricket", Pandya mentioned in BCCI's Twitter handle. Dhoni's reasoning behind this move was that Rohit has a lot of time to play his shots and plays the horizontal bat shots very well.

Arthur, who joined Pakistan last May, claimed his players are not paying attention to the "little bit of hype" around the match with title-holders India. Shaharyar also spoke about the expectations that Pakistan fans around the world have from the team and Sarfaraz Ahmed and his boys shouldn't let them down.

India and Pakistan play each other in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. It's incredible. It's just on the outside that there is noise. The South African had his own experience of dressing room discord when he was rejected and ultimately driven out of the Australia job on the eve of the 2013 Ashes and knows just how important it is to have a shared vision.

"Today, we were short, we were sharp". They will have to get the players to relax and ask them to play their natural game.

"They have topped their skills up, and they're ready for a big game", Arthur said following training at Edgbaston.

Pakistan, captained by Sarfraz Ahmed, one of the world's leading wicket-keeper/batsmen, have plenty of variety in their attack.


Arthur was convinced that would be key to their chances against a powerful India top order.

Considering the cut-throat nature of the competition, both the teams would be desperate to start the campaign on a winning note.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for a bowler who had gone over four years without playing a one-day game for his country before England returned, battered, bruised and humiliated from the 2015 World Cup.

Punters are offering 3.75 on England which means if you bet Re 1 you will get Rs 3.75, if England wins the Championship.

"We have always shared a healthy equation with them off the field". If you look, we've got a left-arm swinger [Mohammad Amir], could have left-arm pace [Wahab Riaz].

Ahmed, while talking about the exclusion of Khan, said that the pacer was left out in order to get the ideal combination against the defending champions. We could have a leg-spinner [Azhar Ali]. "We┬┤ve got an off-spinner (Shoaib Malik)".

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