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The biggest possible game, all the drama that comes with it and surrounds it, and it could all come down to selecting the right playing XI. “I’ve told the boys to not pay attention to what people are saying or writing, but to focus on their cricket”.
For India, it remains to be seen whether seasoned campaigner Yuvraj Singh, who has just recovered from viral fever, is pencilled in the playing XI.
Meanwhile, Arthur said an attack set to include the likes of left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir had the variety to trouble India. And it seems a pretty straightforward selection with some of the crucial players we are having, including, Fahim Ashraf, Imad Wasim or Shadab Khan but they can miss out.
The line-up with four quicks has already decimated New Zealand and Bangladesh in the warm-up games of the Champions Trophy.
For cricketers, it’s just “another match” but for the die-hard fans, a win is not everything but the only thing that they expect from their heroes. “On the other hand, it is India who are under pressure as they are going into the game as favourites”, said Sarfraz on the eve of the much anticipated encounter.
“As a team, I think, yeah, they (Pakistan) can surprise you because, as you said, you don’t play against them so much”.
“Our changing room was completely calm”.
“We’re focused on our livelihood, which is on the field and that’s all that we’re going to focus on”.
“We know for us to progress in this tournament, we have got to hit the ground running”. We can not take our foot from the pedal from any game.
He added: “We’ve got everything at our disposal tomorrow to allow Saf (Sarfraz) to pull the strings to make sure we can try to bowl India out, because that’s got to be priority number one”. The defending champions forged the crucial partnerships, played the ball to its merit and post-rain, when it was more hard to bat with the same concentration, the batsman applied themselves to the English conditions and displayed temperament. “And the only way your control that nervous tension is through your preparations”, he said.
“If you’ve crammed for an exam, you’re always on edge”, said Arthur, a former coach of both his native South Africa and Australia. You are always nervous.
Arthur, a former coach of both his native South Africa and Australia, added: “All I know is that the captain/coach relationship is nearly like a marriage”.
“But if you prepared properly, you’ll be nervous but it will be an excited nervousness because you know you’re ready”. But Indian teams of the past have shown that off-field issues becomes inconsequential, the moment they cross the boundary rope.