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India vs Pakistan Final: We Can Beat Any Side in the World If We Play at Our Best, Says Coach Mickey Arthur

Arnab Sen |Cricketnext | Updated: June 17, 2017, 9:59 PM IST
India vs Pakistan Final: We Can Beat Any Side in the World If We Play at Our Best, Says Coach Mickey Arthur

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London: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has said that the team is feeling confident and excited ahead of the blockbuster Champions Trophy 2017 final on Sunday. The coach also said that if Pakistan manages to produce its 'A' game, then they are capable of beating any side in the world.

"We finished our preparation with a good chat. The guys aren't delusional to what is expected of them but they are genuinely excited. The Edgbaston game I thought they were really really calm, but the team is very very excited right now. There is a fire in that dressing room," said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur during the pre-match press conference.

"Let's hope we can bring our A game tomorrow. If we play to our best and do our basics well, we can beat anybody," he added.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed echoed the sentiments of his coach and also said that the team will continue to play attacking cricket, which they have done in their last three matches of the tournament.

"Since the defeat against India, we have played good attacking cricket. Our batmen too have picked pace recently and they have hit form just at the right time. The bowlers have also improved their death bowling recently and it is a good sign," said Sarfraz.

"We just have to remain positive in the final. We have built a great momentum recently and would want to take it into the final as well," he added.

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Arthur also heaped praises on his team for the showing great mental strength following the thrashing they received at the hands of India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston.

"We came here with the opinion that we want to win it (Champions Trophy). Yes, it has been great to be in the final from where we were at and the entire credit goes to the players. The way they have played after the beating at Edgbaston has been amazing. They have played the brand of cricket that we wanted to. Reality would be a nice victory tomorrow, that would be fantastic," said Arthur.

This is the first time that Pakistan have entered the final of the Champions Trophy and Arthur believes that it is a perfect result to show that they are heading into the right direction. And the Pakistan coach also said that a win against India on Sunday will be massive for the players.

"Victory will mean a massive amount to them. The guys have been special and I can't praise them enough. After the defeat against India, we had some honest conversation amongst ourselves and the way these players have played after that has been exceptional," said Arthur.

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"For us, it will be a clincher in terms of the brand of cricket that we want to play, where we want to take the team. The focus after tomorrow will definitely be the 2019 World Cup. The focus will be on creating a depth in squad so that when we come here in 2019, we can give it our best shot. A victory tomorrow will be nice way to show that we definitely are on the right track," he added.

Youngsters like Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman have been a revelation for Pakistan and coach Arthur believes that it is a result of their 'brave' approach to the game.

"I think the youngsters have been great. They have come in with fear of failure. They have come in committed to the way we want to play our cricket. Every youngster that has come in has made an impact. They have been outstanding. It's refreshing for us to see that," said Arthur.

"The way youngsters have performed in this tournament is really encouraging for us, they all have played an important role in bringing Pakistan to the final of this tournament," skipper Sarfraz agreed with his coach.

Meanwhile, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed also thanked the support of fans which, according to him, proved to be a major factor in them reaching the final.

"I would like to thank all the Pakistani fans on social media for the tremendous support that they have been providing us throughout the tournament. They have showed faith in us and we would like them to support us during the final too," Safraz said.

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First Published: June 17, 2017, 7:02 PM IST

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