"They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final", Kohli added.
"At the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing."Like any meeting of the two countries, the final will attract enormous interest in the cricket-mad sub-continent, but the experienced Kohli is treating that just as matter-of-factly". In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capable enough of chasing any target. This is what tournament play is all about, that is why it is so hard to win these ICC tournaments.
On Wednesday, they knocked previously unbeaten tournament hosts England out of the competition with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Cardiff.
Former World Cup winning captain, Imran Khan said Pakistan have got a golden opportunity in the Champions Trophy final to avenge its humiliating defeat to India in their first match of the tournament.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage.
Even today's practice was no different. There was no over excitement.
"I would back a guy like Hardik who provides you so much balance in conditions that he can be effective as a bowler and his batting is priceless", Kohli said.
"I think we should put aside political issues and try to play more cricket. We have changed nothing from the day we came here", he added. As the pressure rose, the skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, played an inspirational innings to put his team through to the semi-final stage.
The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites.
The weakest part of Bangladesh's performance was with the ball where, not only did they only pick up one wicket, but they failed to put any real pressure on India.
"As a team, we want to win".
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. Find us on Facebook too!