Some people might say, that the only thing about Pakistan vs India match, was that Pakistan won, after a very long time from their arch-rivals. But, that isn’t true. This time it wasn’t JUST about beating a team we consider synonymous to the winning the world cup, it’s how beautifully it was done.
We’ve witnessed greatness before by Pakistan, a long time ago, the days of the Wasim/Waqar combos, the exquisite batting of greats like Saeed Anwer & Inzi, we’ve been awed and surprised with Pakistan stroke of brilliance or luck before as well, and we saw in shame the losing some envious talent along the way, with the likes of Asif and Amir.
But the final of ICC Champion’s trophy 2017, Will go down in history as the most spectacular display of the sport of cricket by a bunch of lads each having less than 100 matches played under their belts. Nothing or no-one could’ve expected what went down on that particular day, a team whose average score for probably the last 3-5 years was 250, who in the last many encounters managed to outset only about 2 players of the world’s most strong batting line up, and whose history of horrible fielding can have a hall of fame of their own, would produce a batting performance so par excellence, one was left dumbfounded, on and off the field. And then the bowling, my God!!!!!! I haven’t seen such an exquisite display of it in the longest time, so much so that I was left in tears, the Kohli wicket, how many times have you seen that happen??? I can’t recall any. The diving catches, the calm composure for run-outs and right reviews.
In the words of Kohli, today’s match speaks volumes of the amount of talent Pakistan has. I do not know, when again will we see such brilliance again from the team, but just this one win, will remain in our hearts forever.
Well played boys, well played. ‘Champions’, is definitely the right word.