We can upset India, says Cook

We can upset India, says Cook

 England are on the cusp of winning their first major ICC one-day tournament but skipper Alastair Cook conceded that India had every right to be favourites given how they have played their cricket en route to final. Excerpts.

On leading England in final: Obviously, it's a very exciting day today, isn't it? The day before a big final... You can sense that excitement. It was in the squad, and the guys are just raring to go. I know today is a bit of a damp squib in terms of what we can do outside, but we're ready to play. We've been playing a lot this summer, and we've been playing some good one‑day cricket the last few games.  Whichever side plays the best on the day, and I'm fully confident in our guys that we can upset India here tomorrow.

On playing for history: Yeah, it's something which is obviously on our radar. Clearly it is very important for us, and one of our major goals this summer was to try and win the Champions Trophy. Not only will it break that duck of 38 years (of not winning a major title) but also prepare well for the World Cup, as well, if you're looking at long term. It's a big day tomorrow, and we're going to hopefully gain a lot from it if we can play well. All I can say is the lads, in the last two games under pressure, delivered two excellent performances. I can't say no reason why we can't do it tomorrow.

On India being favourites: They're unbeaten, aren’t they? And they have played some very good cricket. We're happy with that (India being favourites). But our record against India last time we played them in England is good. So we can certainly take a lot from that.

On toss being crucial: Look, I think it's (winning toss) clearly an advantage. I haven't seen the wicket. The last two days it's been under cover, so I haven't seen it. Yeah, it's one of those things in cricket, isn't it? You can gain an advantage, but at the end of the day it means nothing.  You get the choice, do what you want to do, but it's how you deliver it and what skills you can bring to that first hour; can you put the opposition under pressure with bat or ball. That's what we'll be looking to do.