Saturday, June 17, 2017

India favourites against Pakistan

Indian Cricket Team is considered to be one the best ones in the world. They have shown their might umpteen times whenever placed against Pakistan in ICC ODI matches. Pakistan may have defeated India twice in Champions Trophy in the past, but now under the stewardship of Captain Virat Kohli, who plays to win. India’s winning spree cannot be halted. It is a foregone conclusion that India would defend the Champions Trophy championship very comfortably. The atmosphere is charged up with spectators and cricket fans waiting for the show to unfold with bated breath. India’s captain Virat Kohli leads the team from the front. He plays the match to win. He is always aggressive in the field, which is one of his chief characteristics. The showdown between India and Pakistan in Champions Trophy today will make it a high octane match. There is tremendous pressure on both the teams of their home crowds and fans respectively to win the match at all costs. As far as India is concerned, they are capable of retaining the Champions Trophy well. In the ongoing Champions Trophy’s first match between India and Pakistan, the winner has been India. They defeated Pakistan very convincingly. India under the captaincy of Kohli are doing better and better in every department of the game. Almost all Indian players are in form. Our opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan has batted exceedingly well in the match against Pakistan and Bangladesh. They provide a solid foundation for the team to score big total. After Rohit and Dhavan, captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh have also played extra-ordinarily well. Yuvraj being one of the most senior players and match winners of Team India, his reflexes, cuts, placing and drive are of marvelous quality. He is one of the most famous and high quality batsmen of the world. His fielding is marvelous. It is because of his alertness and agility on the field that he is called live wire by the teammates. As far as bowling department of India is concerned, they have a battery of frontline bowlers like Jasprit Bumra, Bhubneswar Kumar, R Ashwin and others. Bumra and Kumar have pace and swing. They have talent to hoodwink the batsman with their fast and swing bowlings. Ashwin is a world number one spin bowler. As far fielding is concerned, all players are live wires on the field. They don’t miss catch. They have realized now that catches win matches. Despite being strong enough to defeat their arch rival Pakistan in the final of Champions Trophy today, India must not take the rival team so easily. The first principle of any fight or competition is that competitor must not be taken lightly. As far as Pakistani players considered, they have also capability to upset any team of the world. They have a very good record against India in Champions Trophy. They have defeated India twice, though in other ICC ODIs they have not impressive record against India. India are favourites in the high-octane Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday. Defending Champion India will be firm favourites against a Pakistan side, who were the lowest, ranked of all the teams taking part in a tournament featuring the world’s top-eight ODI sides. It was only on June 4 that India launched their title defence with a 124-run rout of Pakistan at Edgbaston. India are in a great place and must be favoured to retain the ICC Champions Trophy .

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