As the play-off between arch-rivals in mini World Cup is nearing, players are exchanging statements to take mental advantage over each other before the game.
The Indian government has made it clear that bilateral cricketing activities can not take place between the two teams in the present circumstance.
Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara on Tuesday said defending champions India were capable of defending their Champions Trophy crown as they were a better-balanced unit with "real firepower in their fast bowling".
Young gun Fahim Ashraf's blitzkrieg knock of 64 not out off 30 balls powered Pakistan to an unlikely, two-wicket win over Bangladesh in their first warm-up game on Saturday. It is still unclear whether Kumble would continue to hold the post or someone new would take over. They, however, will face stiff challenge from Australia.
Karthik staked a claim for a place in the middle-order by scoring a stylish 94 in India's big win over Bangladesh in their second warm-up game.
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"A game between Pakistan and India is always good and Birmingham has always had a very good atmosphere", said Azhar. For every team, whenever a player puts on his country's shirt, he aims to give his best.
Bangladesh is making a comeback in the Champions Trophy after more than 10 years as it last played in the event in 2006.
Sehwag continued his sarcasm while congratulating India's Womens team saying "Congratulations for defeating Pakistan by 7 wickets in Women's World Cup qualifier 2017".
In a latest video shared by the official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI), Dhoni is seen throwing the ball with the help of the speedarm ball thrower.
"We've done well against [England], but they are playing in home conditions and they have some serious individual players as well". He has got the most attractive seam position I have ever seen in global cricket. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa are in Group B.