ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Azhar Mahmood Confident To Win Final Match Against India

Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has confidently said that “nothing to lose” the final match against India in the Champions Trophy 2017. Since in ICC tournament, Pakistan has a poor record against India and it is the second time that they will face in a final.

The 42-year-old Pakistan’s bowling coach Mahmood said to the reporters at The Oval, “We’ve got nothing to lose – the pressure is more on them (India). They are ranked higher than us – so everyone is talking about India, India. But I can tell you one thing – we have come to win.”

Pakistan had lost their opening match against India in the Champions Trophy. Since they have defeated Sri Lanka and South Africa before dealing England in the semi-final.

Azhar Mahmood

Mahmood said to the reporters at The Oval after his team’s training session, he said “India have the upper hand in ICC tournaments. But things can change, and this is the time for us to change the tag that we don’t perform well at ICC events. History can change, and I hope we can (change it).”

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Both the teams met three times in the knockout stages of the ICC tournaments and team India won both three matches. However, Mahmood said “It wouldn’t be a shock if we win. No one gave us a hope when we got here. We were the number eight ranked side, and no one gave us any credit. But someone asked me before the tournament who would be in the final and I said Pakistan.”

Azhar Mahmood

Mahmood added that winning against India would be a “great gift” to the country of Pakistan. “It is a massive match. India refuse to play against us (in Pakistan’s adopted home of the United Arab Emirates). But (now) on the biggest stage it is India v Pakistan.”

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“It is like the Ashes … it is bigger than the Ashes – and expectation is high from both nations, crazy about cricket. The pressure is high for both sides and their countries… it is a dream final for the sponsors and the broadcasters. This is the game they want, but it is up to us how we handle the pressure on the day.”