India Hold the Edge Against Pakistan: Irfan Pathan

India Hold the Edge Against Pakistan: Irfan Pathan

While Pakistan hold a 2-1 lead over their fierce rivals and neighbours in the Champions Trophy, it is India who have won 10 out of the 11 contests at the World Cup and World T20 tournaments between the two sides. Facing them in real match time will mean good preparation ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan, next Sunday.

The 31-year-old, along with Shikhar Dhawan (60) and Hardik Pandya (80*), helped India post a enormous 324-6 in their 50 overs which the Indian bowlers defended with precision.

This time with the change of guard, Virat Kohli will defend the title with a spirited blue line-up. The tournament favourites, team India has played well in the warm-up matches against Bangladesh and New Zea Land.

Bangladesh's progress over the last two years was more spectacular for a team better known as whipping boys in worldwide cricket.

The BCCI, however, have failed to adhere to the MoU thus far and made it clear that they will not restore relations with the PCB until they get clearance to do so from the government.

India's first match in the ICC Champions Trophy will be on June 4 against Pakistan in Edgbaston, Birmigham.

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In an interview after Pakistan's warm-up match against Australia, which was called off due to rain in Birmingham, Hassan said that he wants to be the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed are the ones vying for a shot in the playing XI, with Rubel the more impressive bowler in the warm-up games. In the months following the competition, Amir grew into one of the best young talents in the world, but then got embroiled in the spot-fixing controversy that threatened to nip his career in the bud.

Laxman said India's bowling will determine if we retain the title. "One can not play aggressively right from the start". With experienced stalwarts like Lasith Malinga, Upul Tharang and Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri Lanka will look to regain good form at the Champions Trophy.

Sehwag continued his sarcasm while congratulating India's Womens team saying "Congratulations for defeating Pakistan by 7 wickets in Women's World Cup qualifier 2017".

He hit eight boundaries and a six and, in the process, also sent feelers to the team management that he is also a candidate for a middle-order slot.