We are neither intimidated nor arrogant - India

Virat Kohli in a press conference ahead of the final against Pakistan
Virat Kohli in a press conference ahead of the final against Pakistan
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India captain Virat Kohli said his team is upbeat on facing Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 tournament at Kennington Oval on Sunday.

When the last time, these two teams met in the tournament, it was India, who emerged victorious by 124 runs in a rain affected game. However, Pakistan have gathered momentum with wins over Sri Lanka, South Africa and England setting up a high octane clash with their arch-rival India in the final.

Kohli downplayed India's comfortable win over Pakistan in the group stage and believes the team that excel in all the three departments on that day will come out on top.

"I don't see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament," he told reporters.

"Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done.

"So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world.

"At the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing."

The game has also drawn a lot of attention considering not just the rivalry between the two teams but also the political tensions surrounding the two countries. However, Kohli insisted that the players will not let the pressure get to them on the big occasion.

"It's so important to stay away from those things," the captain added.

"You have to make that sort of effort to stay in a good zone and a good mindset. I've learned a lot how to handle certain things. And that can only happen when you're able to connect with yourself first.

"If you're too distracted listening to too many suggestions or praise or criticism, then you can't focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team.

"It's just another game of cricket."

If India manage to win on Sunday, they will become the first team to win more than two titles in the history of Champions Trophy.

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