Pakistan against India has always been a major event in any cricket contest. The 4th June Pakistan vs India Champions Trophy 2017 tie is already gaining hype. Millions of fans from across the world are waiting anxiously for the contest to begin. India is the defending champion, a lot of pressure is mounted on the Pakistani cricket team to perform up to the expectations of their fans. Junaid Khan in an interview with The Express Tribune said,
“I have dismissed him (Virat Kohli) in three out of the four matches we have faced each other. He is a brilliant batsman, but he has failed against me”.
Junaid Khan seems pretty confident about the 4th June tie so does the entire nation but the pressure mounted on the Pakistani cricket team is tremendous. The batting order looks capable as Babar Azam & Shoaib Malik seem to be in good form & ready to battle against India. The bowling order looks promising too.
Millions of eyes would be on Mohammad Amir on his return. Pakistan’s defending has improved recently, one of the examples were against the West Indies. All for all, Pakistani cricket team seems ready & prepared for the tie against their neighbors.
Speaking about the event, Kohli mentioned,
“India, Pakistan game is always exciting, but for us, it is a game of cricket”. He further added “The hype around India-Pakistan game not always in our control”.
Sarfraz Ahmed is appointed as the captain of the team. In an interview, Sarfraz spoke very confidently that he & his team would try to maintain the superiority record in the Champions Trophy against India. Pakistan has won 2 and lost 1 of their previous meetings. During his pre-tournament conference, Sarfaraz mentioned, “We have a better record against India in the Champions Trophy, not in other competitions. We are looking to maintain that against them, and it’s very exciting”.
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Pakistan will play against the defending champions; India on 4th June in Edgbaston, Birmingham England. Pakistan has yet to lift the ICC Champions Trophy, but the national team as well as the whole nation seems confident and have high expectations for their team.
Pakistan will contest India in the opening match of Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan cricket team’s captain Sarfraz about the Pakistan vs India tie mentioned, “We have nothing to lose, we just want to play our natural game. We have just played a very good series in the West Indies, where the players performed very well,”
Pre-Tournament Press Conference – Sarfraz Ahmed
During the pre-tournament press conference, the captain mentioned;
“We are very hopeful of playing well in this tournament, and we want to win it. It is a very exciting time for us, there have been a lot of practice sessions at Edgbaston, and we’re ready to play,”
“Against the West Indies, we had a big fielding improvement, there were one or two dropped catches, but it was an improvement, so we are happy with that.”
He further added,
“We don’t see us as having a surprise element; we want to come here and play free cricket, starting with India. We are taking matches one by one and the Pakistan team is hopeful of building some confidence starting in the warm-up matches,”
The venue for Pakistan Vs India Champions Trophy 2017 has been chosen as Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. Birmingham, a city in the UK holds a significant population of Pakistani, Hindi & Bengali people. Hence the It’s without a doubt that the 4th June Pakistan Vs India tie is going to be a massive cricket event. And fans all around the world are excited.
Pakistan will play its first warm-up game against Bangladesh and second against Australia. Then the first tie would be against India on 4th June, South Africa on June 7 & Sri Lanka on June 12.
Update: During the first warm-up match against Bangladesh, Pakistan successfully chased the target of 342. The second warm-up match against Australia was drawn due to rain.
Statistics of Pakistan Cricket Team
Pakistan has better statistics against India winning 2 & losing 1 in their previous meetings. As far as the Pakistan’s performance in the Champions Trophy is concerned, Pakistan has yet to lift the trophy, here are the stats how Pakistan performed in previous Champions Trophy;
- 1998- eliminated from Quarter Finals.
- 2000- eliminated from Semi Finals.
- 2002- eliminated from League Stage.
- 2004- eliminated from Semi Finals.
- 2006- eliminated from League Stage.
- 2009- eliminated from Semi Finals.
- 2013- eliminated from League Stage.
Pakistan has only been so close to the Trophy in 2000, 2004 & 2009 before being eliminated from
the semi-finals. Would Pakistan be able to bring home the trophy this year?
Talking about runs & wickets, Most runs have been scored by Mohammad Yousaf (484) while most wickets have been taken by the Shahid Afridi (14).
Squads for the 4th June face-off
The Pakistani Squad for the champions trophy 2017 is as follows:
- Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk)
- Ahmed Shehzad
- Azhar Ali.
- Babar Azam.
- Shoaib Malik.
- Umar Akmal.
- Fahim Ashraf.
- Imad Wasim.
- Mohammad Hafeez.
- Mohammad Amir.
- Junaid Khan.
- Shadab Khan.
- Hasan Ali.
- Wahab Riaz.
- Fakhar Zaman.
Indian Squad – Champions Trophy 2017
The Indian squad for the match is as follows:
- Virat Kohli.
- Rohit Sharma.
- Shikhar Dhawan.
- Yuvraj Singh.
- Ajinkya Rahane.
- Dinesh Karthik.
- Kedar Jadhav.
- MS Dhoni.
- Hardik Pandya.
- Ravichandran Ashwin.
- Ravindra Jadeja.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
- Jasprit Bumrah.
- Umesh Yadav.
- Mohammed Shami.
Importance of Cricket for both nations
Cricket holds a significant spot for both countries, especially Pakistan. A spot which Pakistanis are emotionally attached to. Although Pakistan’s national sport is Hockey, Cricket still gains more attention than hockey and is Pakistan’s most favorite & played sport. Every Pakistan Vs India tie is welcomed with excitement, thrill & hype. Pakistan against India is such a significant event for both nations that you’ll find every national whether old or young glued in front of the TV.
Pakistan against India ties bags in the most views compared to other rival contests. Similarly, India is also as attached to cricket as Pakistan. As the 4th of June is coming closer, millions of fans across the world are waiting desperately for the contest.
We wish all the best to the Pakistan cricket team, and millions of Pakistanis across the globe are supporting the national cricket team. Go Green!
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