With the combination of Shikhar and Rohit, Captain Virat, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, the team India is equipped and capable of teaching Pakistan a good lesson. The lower order of India also holds the key to keeping the innings.
New Delhi: India has won a major win in both of their practice matches (defeating New Zealand by D / L by 45 runs and defeating Bangladesh by 340 runs), making them realize their strength and preparation. Team India is expected to rule the roost in Indo-Pak grand encounter.
The Indian bowling unit is believed to be the core strength of the team. Bhuvneshwar, Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are in rhythm and can prove to be fatal against Pakistan. From former captain Sunil Gavaskar to former spin emperor Arappalli Prasanna, believes that this time Indian bowling is much more balanced and can be the reason for Indian win.
Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that he will try to do his best by playing a natural game and he has nothing to lose. Wahab Riyaz, Junaid Khan, MO Bowlers like Aamir and Hassan Ali or Shadab Khan appear to be dangerous. It is a matter of fact that in the ranking of the Pakistani veterans in the current rankings, Bangladesh (ICC Rankings: Bangladesh 7, Pakistan 8) scored 341 runs against them in the practice match.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed says his record in the Champions Trophy is better than India and his team will try to keep it up.
What do statistics say
1. In the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan has defeated India in 2 of 3 matches.
2. But in the last 10 years, India's batting has been so great where Team India has won 11 out of 19 matches against Pakistan.
3. In the last 10 one-dayers, India has made 6 matches while Pakistan has won 4 matches.