With Indian minister of sports Vijay Goel ruling out the possibility of a potential India-Pakistan bilateral series in the near future, let's all hope the most awaited, underplayed and consequential game this Champions Trophy lives up to its hype this Sunday.
Pakistan will play their first match of the tournament against India, the arch-rival, on June 4 in Birmingham. "Earlier I wanted Pakistan to win but now it is India".
He did not make the 2006 Champions Trophy side but was included as cover under the title of "assistant manager" and featured in the record books for running out Umar Gul when on the field as 12th man in a pool game against Pakistan. Yes, India will definitely miss the services of KL Rahul. "But trust me the revenue matter had nothing to do with the Champions Trophy".
Ajay Jadeja again shined in the 1996 World Cup clash at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore as he smashed Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis for 22 runs in his final over to take India to a sizable total of 287.
Pakistan have never won the event before, but in order to have a chance of ending that trend, Younis admitted that their fielding will have to be at a high standard throughout the competition. Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal picked wickets at crucial times and keep things tight while Harbhajan Singh went for 71 in his allotted ten overs. The batting is headlined by Martin Guptill's explosiveness at the top, his magnificent unbeaten 180 at Hamilton against South Africa in February still fresh in the mind. The match was curtailed by frequent rain breaks and the Indian spinners kept pegging away picking wickets at regular intervals.
There were two wickets for Jadeja (2/8) while Umesh Yadav, who was introduced late into the attack, bowled four overs for 11 runs.
The much anticipated tournament of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is going to start on 1st June in England. Bangladesh would be no push-overs and Indian and Kohli will surely know that without a doubt. Along with Rohit Sharma opening at the other end will most likely be Shikhar Dhawan.