The cricketing world is eagerly awaiting the mouth-watering clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 at Birmingham. Here are 5 things to look out for in the match.
Virat Kohli vs Junaid Khan
Pakistan speedster in a recent chat with The Express Tribune challenged the most successful Indian batsman. Kohli has been dismissed by the Pakistani bowler 3 times in 4 matches and though the Indian skipper is an outstanding batsman, he has failed to perform against Junaid.
It would be an interesting contest between the best Indian batsman and the Pakistani speedster on 4th June.
Indian bowlers vs Pakistani bowlers
History suggests that whenever these two cricketing giants clash, it is always built up as a competition between the Indian batsmen and Pakistani bowlers. But in the past 2-3 years, the Indian bowling has shown considerable improvement. With the likes of Bumrah, Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar in the side, Indian bowling has the potential to outgun the Pakistani bowlers this time.
Will Babar Azam strike for Pakistan?
The young talented batsman was in tremendous form in the recent series against Australia and West Indies. He is the currently the best batsman in the Pakistani side and has the potential to hit big runs. Will he play a great knock for his team against arch-rivals India?
Will MS Dhoni be able to maintain his great record against Pakistan?
Dhoni has got the better of the Pakistani bowlers in the past. History shows that the former Indian skipper has an outstanding batting record against Pakistan.
With the pressure of captaincy taken off his shoulders, we may yet see the best of MS Dhoni against Pakistan on June 4th.
A battle which is far more than just a game of cricket
The enthusiasm, the energy not only among players of both the sides but also among the people of both the nations is completely different whenever there is a match between the two teams. The passion that will be seen in people of both the countries on the night will be unparalleled.
— Sagar Salunke (@Sagar_Salunke) May 20, 2017