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ICC CT final: How Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri fired up Pakistan vs Virat Kohli’s India

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Published Oct 14, 2017, 2:31 pm IST
Updated Oct 14, 2017, 2:44 pm IST
Talat Ali, team manager of Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit reveals how fired up Pakistan clinched the ICC Champions Trophy beating India in final.
Pakistan beat India in the final by 180 runs to clinch their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title. (Photo: AP)
 Pakistan beat India in the final by 180 runs to clinch their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title. (Photo: AP)

Mumbai: Beaten them fair and square in their tournament opener, Virat Kohli-led India were hot favourites to beat arch-rivals Pakistan as the two sides locked horns in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final in July this year.

 

 

However, Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan outplayed India in all the departments in the final to clinch their maiden ICC Champions Trophy.

(Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)

While there is no doubting Pakistan’s skill and performance on that given day, it has now emerged that former cricketer-turned-commentators Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, who is now coaching Team India, played a role in Pakistan’s triumph.

Talat Ali, the manager of the Pakistan side during the ICC Champions Trophy, stated that Gavaskar and Shastri’s comments fired up the Pakistan side.

"India wrote us off in the final. I was listening to the analysis of Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri and they gave us no chance. That fired up the boys. It was called a no-contest and we were written off. We said let the bat and ball do the talking," Ali was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Pakistan, who were put in to bat, had a bit of luck on their side but they made sure to make the most of it. Fakhar Zaman, their aggressive left-hander, could have been dismissed cheaply. However, even as MS Dhoni took a clean catch Zaman was adjudged not-out as Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped.

(Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)

Read: Fakhar Zaman opens up on Jasprit Bumrah no-ball in ICC Champions Trophy final

Zaman, who scored a whirlwind 114, played a pivotal role as Pakistan amassed 338 runs.

(Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)

From thereon Pakistani bowlers, especially Mohammad Amir, ran riot as India were bowled out for 158, giving Pakistan a huge 180-run win and their first ICC Champions Trophy.

Read: Unorthodox Fakhar Zaman upset Team India bowlers’ rhythm, says Virat Kohli

"We had quite a bit of luck. Difficult to figure out why India put us in after winning the toss. With our strong bowling attack, once we put decent total on the board, it was going to be tough for India," added Ali.

Read: ICC Champions Trophy, Ind vs Pak: 5 areas where Kohli's men lost the plot

Pakistan cricket was in crisis as the tournament had kicked on and no one had given them any chance to win the tournament. More so, following their performance in the tournament opener against India.

However, the tide turned as Pakistan beat South Africa, then snatched a win from the jaws of defeat against Sri Lanka and then thumped England in the semifinals.

Read: From 162/7 vs Sri Lanka to ICC Champions Trophy triumph, how Pakistan turned the tide

"We had quite a bit of luck as I said. We were lucky in that South Africa game where we had lost early wickets and then it rained. Against Sri Lanka, we were struggling and I have no idea how Thisara Perera dropped that catch. Then in the final, Fakhar was out off a no ball when he was on three," said Ali.

Read: Fakhar Zaman opens up on MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli’s reaction post Champions Trophy ton

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