Former Australia all-rounder Michael Hussey, widely known as his nickname Mr Cricket, believes India are the favourites to win the Champions Trophy for the second time on the trot, when the face arch-rivals Pakistan in the final in The Oval on Sunday (June 18).
However, the Aussie great also believes no one can write Pakistan off, for Pakistan is a team of total unpredictability, and this tournament has already witnessed its fair share of upsets.
“India are in a great place and must be favoured to retain the ICC Champions Trophy but no-one should discount Pakistan. It is a mercurial team and this tournament has thrown up so many upsets so far,” wrote Hussey in his special column for ICC.
While Hussey heaped praise on the Indian top-order batting, he pointed out one weak point of the side, which Pakistan can exploit in the final.
“The top order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been remarkable, looking in total control out in the middle. They are intimidating opposition bowlers with their class and breathtaking stroke-play.
“One concern for India is that there hasn’t been much work for the likes of Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to do with the bat and Pakistan could exploit this, if it gets early wickets in the final. It’s a big IF!!!”