PTV Sports Live Match Asia Big Face India vs Pakistan 22th ODI ICC World Cup 16 June 2019
On the other side is Micky Arthur who wants his players to enjoy it. "I saw some stats, you know, which said I think the soccer World Cup final attracted 1.6 billion viewers. Tomorrow we're likely to get 1.5 billion. It doesn't get bigger than that. It doesn't get more exciting. I'm telling our players in the dressing room, you could be a hero tomorrow. Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game. You do something incredible tomorrow, you'll be remembered forever," he's said and added, "You're the class of 2019. What are they going to say about you in history?"
Arthur also wants his pacers, particularly Mohammad Amir (the leading wicket-taker so far), to rattle India's top order. That could create a little havoc, he believes. It's an observation that will probably be agreed with even in the opposition's dressing room. It is exactly what happened when these two teams last met in an ICC tournament, the Champions Trophy final of 2017, a pivotal game for the players and teams in many ways.
|India vs Pakistan 22th ODI ICC World Cup 16 June 2019|
The line-ups of the two teams are not too different from that final, many will remember how the aftermath was. Pakistan got a big bugbear off their back, and celebrated with a dig at the advertisers. Bumrah has finally shaken off taunts of that no-ball as well. Tomorrow there's a chance that it can all happen again to any player from either side. Both Kohli's and Arthur's words have merit, and drawbacks. But it could prove useful to many of them.
India: Virat Kohli hinted that they would think about including an extra pacer if the game is shortened by rain. But they're unlikely to make any big changes, otherwise.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Micky Arthur was concerned about how the pitch looked ("a little brown"). Spin should play a bigger part than it did in their previous outing against Australia.
Probable XI: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami
Pakistan (From): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hasnain