Prime News, International Sports, Birmingham (United Kingdom), June. 16:- After trouncing Bangladesh with a resounding nine-wicket win to enter the finals of the Champions Trophy, Indian skipper Virat Kohli appeared visibly satisfied saying his team was playing ‘smart’ cricket, however, he also praised Pakistan for their ‘magnificent turnabout’ in the series and assured that India won’t take things for granted in the final clash.
“Very impressed with Pakistan. Their turnabout has been magnificent. Obviously to reach the finals you have to play some good cricket. And credit to them, they have turned things around for themselves really well, and they have beaten sides that have been very strong. Their belief showed on the field,” Kohli told the media here in the post-match press briefing.
Displaying his composed mindset ahead of the mouthwatering clash with Pakistan on Sunday, the skipper stated that regardless of whom one is going to play in the finals, it is always going to be challenging.
“Once you start thinking it’s a big game, your mindset changes,” he added in a levelheaded note.
Talking about the team’s plans for the final, Kohli said that the squad will try and continue to repeat the similar form of cricket they have been playing so far.
“Knowing the strengths and weaknesses they (Pakistan) have, obviously we will have to plan a bit, but I don’t think there is need to change much as a team. But you can’t predict anything in this game. We have seen some very surprising results. We deserve to be in the finals as we have played some really good cricket. We are not going to take anything granted for sure” he said.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)