Kohli not intimidated by Pakistan

India and Pakistan have already met during the tournament's group stage, with India winning easily.

Dhawan also surpassed former skipper Sourav Ganguly to become the highest scorer in the Champions Trophy event. Dhawan is the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 317 from four innings at an average of 79.25.

28-year-old Kohli says the key is to avoid negativity and distractions on social media where he has a fanbase of 65.6 million people across his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

India skipper Kohli: "I don't see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament". It surely is a mouth-watering finale, something that every player looks forward to. It's part of being an Indian cricketer and you just have to focus on what's happening on the field and accept reality'. You can't ignore it. There will be many who will cite that sports are the only field where men and women are being given an equal chance to show their talents, be it Pervaiz Rasool in the Indian squad or little Tajamul Husain bringing laurels in Taekwondo internationally, the thing is, these are, as of yet, exceptional cases and far from becoming a norm. "I'm sure it's going to be a very good - very well-contested match".

Asked why Pakistan's effort will be different this time, Arthur said on Saturday their attitude is different. "It's important to maintain the balance of being confident in your own skill and what you are doing as a team". It's tough, but you have to make that sort of effort to stay in a good zone and a good mindset, to be happy playing second fiddle in a big tournament like this in all the games, and to bounce back after a setback. It's great to get to the final after where we were and credit goes to the players who have been outstanding the way they've prepared. "In the PSL we're getting all our top players rubbing shoulders with some of the best players around the world, so that is rubbing off on our cricket now, where certainly there had been a void for a period of time".

"That's something I work on".

"So I've learned a lot how to handle certain things". Renewing a sporting rivalry that puts nearly all others in the shade, India will take on its neighbor Pakistan Sunday in the final of cricket's ICC Champions Trophy, a scaled-down, elites-only version of the World Cup.

Just as the Indian and Bangladeshi fans had cheered their teams lustily in the semi final on Thursday, there will be Pakistani and Indian fans in thousands roaring for their country.

Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage.

Since Pakistan's crushing defeat against India on June 4, they have recovered well beating South Africa, Sri Lanka and England to reach the final.

But again, who would have thought a team that is known for being consistent only in being unpredictable is now in the finals of the Champions Trophy?

One of the most unpredictable sides in world sport, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India.

Vanessa Coleman

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