Arthur confident India 'aberration' behind Pakistan


India will face Pakistan in Sunday's Champions Trophy final before flying out to the Caribbean where they face West Indies in the opening ODI at Queen's Park Oval on June 23.

Former cricketers from both Pakistan and India took to Twitter to support their former teams. They were content offering a measly 100 to 35 on (a gain of Rs 35 for each bet of Rs 100) for their possible victory.

The bookmakers seem to have been influenced by the swift reversal of form witnessed in the Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan's team performance.

India lost once in the tournament against Sri Lanka but have proved that was an aberration by scripting commanding victories over South Africa in a do-or-die game and then Bangladesh in the semi-final.

"Barring one match (against Sri Lanka) India have done well in every department and they are the overall favourites".

The level of public interest for India-Pakistan showdowns is enormous given the rarity of matches between the two nations, and Kohli believes avoiding the relentless scrutiny is the best approach.

"Let's hope we can bring our "A" game again for the final, because if we can - and I said it before the England game - we can beat anybody". But when it comes to winning, it is only India.

Pressure could be the biggest threat to an India side who know that the bulk of those billion onlookers expect them to emulate the 2013 side who won the Champions Trophy by beating England at Edgbaston.

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"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but we've closed the chapter on that and we're now moving forward".

Boasting the two highest run-scorers in the tournament, namely Shikhar Dhawan with 317 and Rohit Sharma just 13 behind, India have a batting order capable of producing eye-watering scores. We've got to try and make that new ball really work for us.

"Honestly, I know it sounds amusing but it is so important to stay away from those things".

Pakistan's rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm but is expected to be fit for the final.

India has already defeated Pakistan in the group stage but still, Kohli is not going to take Pakistan lightly as they have managed to reach the final which is tremendous.

The best thing about the current Indian team is that their bowlers have it in them to win matches on their own, which was missing in the past. "India have bowled well in every match and got teams all out too", Saha concluded. "The difference is exposure, exposure to massive pressure situations", said Arthur. Pakistan, however, will be looking to continue their sizzling run and dethrone India.

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