Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

Asked why India had generally come out on top in big-tournament meetings in recent years, Arthur said: "I think the difference is exposure to massive pressure situations".

"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".

The tense relationship between the nations means India have only played one bi-lateral series against Pakistan since the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 and adds more spice to what should be a spectacular occasion.

Arthur believes that the way his players recovered from a heavy defeat by India in the group stage with impressive victories over South Africa and England proves that it was merely "an aberration". The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007.

"We don't take any opposition for granted and we are looking to play some great cricket here".

"I know it's tough to do so but keeping clear of Twitter and the other stuff means you can stay in a good zone and mind-set".

He also expressed his pleasure over the young additions to the team, and said they "came in the side and have played with fear and are a breath of fresh air". But few would dispute that India-Pakistan is now the world game's premier contest-certainly not the ICC who, by their own admission, now fix the draw at their events to ensure the Asian giants meet in the group phase.

"We had some honest conversations after that and the guys took it on the chin, ' said Arthur, who is quietly rebuilding a coaching reputation badly damaged by the 'homework affair" in his ill-fated spell in charge of Australia. "This is a part of being an Indian cricketer, you have to find a way to deal with it".

Fakhar Zaman was only a year old when Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar had raced away to a sizzling 84-run opening stand as Pakistan responded strongly to India's 287 in the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal in Bangalore. "But, at the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing".

"Both teams obviously want to win the final". He featured in only one match against West Indies after which India were knocked out of the tournament.

In the final battle of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, two biggest cricketing rivals, India and Pakistan will face each other on a super Sunday, June 18 at the Oval in London. "It is a very good surface", he said during the pitch report.

One concern for India is that there hasn't been much work for the likes of Yuvraj Singh, M.S. 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. "They've beaten sides that looked really strong against them".