ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan don’t stand a chance against India, says Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgLegendary batsman Sourav Ganguly lauded India’s strong team performance throughout the ICC Champions Trophy campaign and said that Pakistan are too worked up while playing against India and they don’t stand a chance in the final.”I just get a feeling that sometimes when they play India, either they are too worked up, they don’t stand a chance,” Ganguly said to India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEO “The Pakistan I saw against South Africa, Sri Lanka and even England, it’s not the Pakistan I see against India. I don’t know how there can be such a big difference between a side in a matter of one day or one game,” Ganguly added.Ganguly went on to praise India’s collective performance on the field and pointed at the strength the bowling setup has brought to the team.”India are too far ahead. They have looked a solid team. No holes, no weaknesses in this Indian side. Yes in the past it was like, India have a strong batting line-up but the fast bowling people would say India are not good enough to pick wickets but Indian fast bowling has just been superb.”   Ganguly said he felt that the final would be a one-sided affair with the Indian team shining bright yet again.”I’m just a little worried that the final may go the same way (India’s tournament opener against Pakistan.”I hope it’s a great final because you expect world titles to be fought very hard and I hope Pakistan stand up and compete,” Ganguly said.advertisementGanguly lauded Virat Kohli’s captaincy and said that even he knows that Team India is very much capable of overhauling Pakistan.”The way his team has played and responded, they have looked a class side, class apart from the rest and deep down I think he knows his side has got the capability to go past Pakistan, if they play well to their potential.”Ganguly said that in order to have any sort of footing in the game, Pakistan will have to bowl exactly the way they bowled to England in the semi-final and restrict India to 250.”They need to bowl the way they have. For them, if they have to win the game, they have to restrict India to 250, either way, batting first or bowling first and that’s the only way they can win this game.”So from that point of view, the only positive that Sarfraz has is their bowlers have done a remarkable job. Mohammed Amir will hopefully be back after the back spasm. Although the new kid Ruman Raees did exceptionally well in his first game and that’s what I said, they’ll just have to turn up and bowl exactly the way they did against England, the other day at Cardiff.”Ganguly further said that both the teams will want to chase as both will be comfortable with the idea of restricting the opposition considering their bowling attack.”Pakistan will also go the India way, win the toss and chase because they want to bowl first and restrict the opposition as they are a good bowling unit. Virat Kohli wants to go the same way.”Ganguly said both the teams will go with an unchanged XI except “may be Mohammed Amir will come back in place of Raees and the rest will remain the same.”last_img read more

PAOK Thrashes Panathinaikos 4-0 in Greek league

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Dimitris Pelkas scored twice as PAOK thrashed Panathinaikos 4-0 Sunday in the Greek league.Pelkas scored in the eight minute with a swerving long-range shot and made it 2-0 in the 51st from close up after evading three defenders.Efthimis Coulouris added a penalty in the 67th and Aleksandar Prijovic completed the rout in the 78th.Panathinaikos lost Emanuel Insua to a second yellow card in the 66th for handling the ball inside the area, just before PAOK’s third goal. Ten minutes later, PAOK’s Robert Mak was dismissed for pushing an opponent.Second-place PAOK is a point behind leader Olympiakos and one point ahead of Atromitos and AEK. Atromitos beat Levadiakos 1-0, and AEK hosts Kerkyra on Monday.Also, Asteras won 3-1 at Apollon, and Lamia drew 1-1 at Giannena.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more