younis khan, pakistan

For those yet unaware, Pakistan has a lead against the India cricket team in the ICC Champions Trophy, unlike the Cricket World Cup and the T20 World Cup. To be precise, the men in green have defeated the men in blue twice so far in the competition's history and Team India has managed to defeat Pakistan just once.

The past record of 2-1 in favour of Pakistan, since the start of the competition in 2002, clearly favours Sarfraz Ahmed's side ahead of their Champions Trophy 2017 match on June 4 against India, feels veteran Pakistani batsman Younis Khan.

The 39-year-old, who retired from international cricket earlier this month following the conclusion of the Pakistan tour of West Indies 2017 series, has had been a seasoned campaigner of the tournament.

"Pakistani side has the ability to beat India in Champions Trophy as Pakistan has outperformed India in the past as well," Dawn news quoted Younis as saying. "In modern cricket, fielding is the key for winning ODIs and T20 Cricket and Pakistan team must focus on fielding and grab every opportunity.

"It's a great chance for Sarfraz Ahmed to lead the side well and take Pakistan cricket forward and all will depend on him that how he leads the side," he added.

Younis Khan may have spoken the facts, but stating that Pakistan can go 3-1 up against India, is a little too much for the Indian cricket fans to digest! As a result, Twitter users in India are merely laughing at Younis' statement.

Defending champions India remained impressive in their warm-up fixture against New Zealand on Sunday May 28 as they won via the D/L method. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and skipper Virat Kohli shone before the rain Gods decided to play spoilsport.