The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final didn’t prove to be a happy affair for India as it lost by 180 runs to it’s arch-rival Pakistan who completely out played India in ever department of the game. In spite of winning the toss, India lacked their usual intensity on the field and always looked like the second best team.
India’s bowlers especially the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja went for plenty with an economy of over 7 runs an over and never looked like troubling the Pakistani batsmen. A maiden century from Fakhar Zaman and useful contributions from Azhar Ali and Hafeez ensured Pakistan reached a total of 338 runs in their quota of 50 overs.
Indian batsmen never got a chance to put their grip on the game as they were rattled by an outrageous spell of swing bowling by Mohd Aamir who ate away the Indian top order by dismissing Rohit, Shikhar and the captain Virat Kohli. India kept on losing wickets and ultimately succumbed for 158 though Hardik showed some resistance with a quick fire 76.
The victory sent Pakistan fans into a frenzy who didn’t even hesitate from trolling Indian players while they were going back in the dressing room. A video has gone viral which shows a section of Pakistani fans hurling derogatory rants towards Indian players which for a moment charged up Mohd Shami but MS Dhoni as always kept his cool and took him away from those over enthusiastic fans.
The ‘Beta-Baap’ rant which Sehwag initiated before the tournament is now being used by Pakistani fans to troll us. In a rivalry as intense as this, these moments are bound to happen.