Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar warned India and said that they should not consider themselves as favourites against Pakistan.

Ganguly said that the Indian team had paid the price by taking Pakistan lightly in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.

"India needs to be very careful, don't go into this game thinking they are the favourites. I think they did that the last time in 2017 in the ICC Champions Trophy finals and Pakistan beat them hands down. It's going to be a great game of cricket," commented Ganguly as an expert for Star Sports ahead of the game.

"People get a bit carried away, and excited with this game, so from that point of view it's going to be a huge game in Manchester on Sunday. My first trip as a captain against Pakistan in 2003 - we had never won there before, but then we won both the Test Matches and One-Days. My memories of playing against Pakistan have been happy times for India," Ganguly added.

Ganguly also felt that handling pacer Mohammed Amir will be key for India.

"In this World Cup 2019 team, Mohd. Amir was nowhere in the picture. They had dropped him, he comes back and takes up being the leading fast bowler in the squad. That's what you get from a side like Pakistan," he added.

Anil Kumble, another Indian stalwart, said since the two teams do not play each other quite often, it leads to building up a bit of "drama".

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar also agreed with Sourav Ganguly and said that India’s needs to be more careful.

"Pakistan has always been unpredictable, and they are a dangerous side - so there is no way the Indian team is going to take them lightly. Every step that the Indian team takes forward, we would want to be 100% sure of what we are doing, and it is well thought and well planned," said Tendulkar.

"A year before we played each other, people had started talking about that match. They said, come-what-may, you must win that game, after that whatever happens they really don't care. I said, don't think like that because players think differently," Tendulkar added.

(with PTI inputs)

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