The India game was an aberration, says Mickey Arthur

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According to Betfair, a bet of Rs 100 on India will fetch Rs 147 in case Kohli's men win while putting money on a Pakistan win, considered less likely, will prove more lucrative.

The viewership is once again expected to shoot northwards, when the arch-rivals face off in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. Virat Kohli and his boys are aware of the fact that a victory over Pakistan will help them make a strong statement and it will be the ideal start for Kohli as he is leading India for the first time in an ICC event.The hype around Indo-Pak matches is always high and it is one match that neither of the two sides would want to lose.

Team India captain Virat Kohli at training ahead of final against Pakistan.

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The rivalry between the two neighboring countries dates to 1952, just five years after independence, when India and Pakistan played their first test series. "After a gap of 10 years, we will get a chance to watch an India-Pakistan final in an ICC tournament". In a rain-curtailed match at Edgbaston, Team India thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets with the help of Duckworth and Lewis System. They lost to New Zealand in 2000, shared the trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002, and beat England in the final in 2013.

4 Number of times India have reached the Champions Trophy final, the most for any team. Now, with Amir returning to the side, Arthur believes there will be no repeat of their woeful pool showing against India when the latest edition of world cricket's most high-profile contest takes place in London.

"If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn't batted much in this competition, so that's pretty much our aim and focus", the South African Arthur said on Saturday.

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31 Wickets for Pakistan, the most by a team in the 2017 Champions Trophy.

Kohli already has 27 ODI centuries to his name, with a career strike-rate in excess of 91, and such has been the passionate drive with which he has led India that his fortunes and those of the team as a whole now seem indivisible. "And the guys have played really well". "Regardless of who you play in the finals, it's always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it's a big game, then your mindset changes", added Kohli. The bowling department for India under the likes of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have looked solid bowling economically while providing clinical breakthroughs. From Virat Kohli to Shikhar Dhawan, all the players were trained hard.

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