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Champions Trophy final: Pakistan is always a good side, says Jasprit Bumrah

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Jasprit Bumrah insists India will not underestimate Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final despite hammering them in their tournament opener less than two weeks ago


Jasprit Bumrah

London: Jasprit Bumrah insists India will not underestimate Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final despite hammering them in their tournament opener less than two weeks ago.

Pakistan were written off after a 124-run mauling in Birmingham, but lived up to their reputation as unpredictable outsiders by beating South Africa and Sri Lanka before upsetting hosts England in the last four.

That has given them the chance for revenge against their fierce rivals when they meet for the first time in a global ODI final at The Oval on Sunday, and Bumrah insists Pakistan will be afforded plenty of respect by India.

When asked if he was surprised at Pakistan’s resurgence, the unorthodox seamer replied: “Not at all, because cricket is a funny game, anything can happen on any day. They are always a good side. On their day, they can beat any side, so you cannot take any team lightly, especially Pakistan, you have to give them equal respect.

“Now we’ve reached the final we’ll plan. There are no easy games over here.”

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