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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Finals – India vs Pakistan – Key Players

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The tournament started off with 8 teams competing for the coveted trophy and after almost two weeks of pulsating action, we are down to two teams fighting to get their names etched in the history books. The finals couldn’t have been better in India Vs Pakistan. The mother of all clashes is set to be played on the Father’s Day and the cricketing fraternity is waiting for the match to start soon. The last time India played a final against Pakistan in an ICC tournament was exactly a decade ago when India won a thriller by 5 runs to clinch the maiden T20 World Cup.

The Pakistan side has shown great spirit and has been a rejuvenated team since their defeat at the hands of India in their first match, comprehensively beating hosts England in the semi-finals. India survived a hiccup after losing to Sri Lanka but came back strongly to defeat Bangladesh rather convincingly in the Semis. Let’s take a look at the players who can turn the tide and bring the laurels to their country.

Key Batsman

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan in actionICC tournaments have been a forte for Dhawan to show his batting capabilities. The southpaw is the leading run-scorer in this year’s edition and he’d look to retain the Golden Bat for the second consecutive time.

He has scored 317 runs in this tournament including a century against Sri Lanka with a couple of half-centuries as well.

His contribution at the top consists of good starts in all the matches along with Rohit Sharma with runs coming at a good pace. Be it setting the target or chasing, India’s fortunes majorly depend on Dhawan’s performance with the bat.

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Key Bowler 

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah celebratesThe lanky bowler has become a revelation for the Indian side, helping curb the flow of runs in the death and picking up wickets with the new ball. Bumrah has bowled exceptionally well whenever India has bowled first and has restricted the opposition to small scores.

Though he has picked up just four wickets in as many matches, his bowling has to be lauded. He has partnered well with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and has made life tough for the opposition batsmen. India will be looking for its premier pacer to come with the goods in this high octane clash.

Key All-Rounder

Mohammad Hafeez
Fondly called as the ‘Professor’ by his teammates, Hafeez is one of the most experienced players in the side and he will play a pivotal role. Though he has managed to score just a mere 81 runs in this tournament, India will be looking to get rid of the right-hander as early as possible.

He looked in great nick against England scoring an unbeaten 33 which came in quick time. His bowling caused the South Africans some trouble and India will be looking to negate that threat from the former Pakistani skipper.

Also Read: ICC Champions Trophy Final: India vs Pakistan – Probable XI

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