Pakistan’s cricket team, amazing victory!
Champions Trophy was due to start on June 1st 2017 with Pakistan being the 8th ranked team and probably the least favorite team of the tournament. As expected Pakistan started its journey on 4th June with a big loss to the arch rivals India. Things were not going Pakistan’s way, each and every one of Pakistani fan was trolling cricketers for their ordinary show against India. But Pakistan Cricket Team decided to turn things around as they have done before in 1992 world cup. On 7th Pakistan was due to face South Africa who was the Number one team in the ranking and probably the most likely team to win Champion Trophy 2017. No one was expecting a win from Pakistan but they proved everyone wrong and made sure that they are able to keep their campaign alive with a win. After this win Sri Lanka beat India to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive in the tournament. Suddenly everything started to go Pakistan’s way. Despite the fact that the win over South Africa wasn’t a commanding one but Skipper Sarfraz Ahmad’s efforts made sure they cross the line in the match against Sri Lanka to secure a place in the top 4.
In the semifinals Pakistan was due to face England who was only team who hasn’t lost in the tournament. Everyone thought that England would be the first team to secure a place in Final but Pakistan made history by reaching the final and beating England in their backyard by 8 wickets. The team played with intent and aggression making sure that they become the first finalist of Champions trophy 2017. After Pakistan secured its position in Final everyone was hoping to see India as the second finalist so that Pakistan could beat India and bring trophy home. But Stats stated that Pakistan has never been able to beat India in ICC tournaments. Pakistan Cricket team was ambitious so it over looked all the stats and figures and made history by beating India with a fine margin of 180 runs. So on 18th June 2017 Pakistan lifted Champions Trophy 2017 for the first time.
Pakistan cricket teams efforts and hard work paid off. They were not only warmly welcomed back home but they were invited by different channels to appreciate their achievement. Prime minister of Pakistan also invited players to PM house with their families to escalate their achievement and to boost their confidence. On this occasion he not only appreciated them but said that they are the real heroes of the country and they need to continue this effort to make sure that Pakistan become a top team both in ODI and Tests.
Author: Muniba Mazar – Pakistan