3 held for betting racket during India-Pakistan match

Pakistan did not put a foot wrong in London and dominated the the title match from the word go even after they lost the toss and put into bat.

Waqar said the victory will help serve the cause of cricket at home where global cricket is not being played for many years. The pre-match verbal jousting was not without the banter of Indian celebrities.

While the country's largest paper, the Urdu-daily Jang, announced: "Pakistan Champions, trounced Indian team".

After the initial response from Pakistani fans, Rishi made a decision to tone down his verbal attack but decided taunt Pakistani fans by bringing the issue of terrorism into the fray.

The bowlers then produced a superb spell as they reduced the much-vaunted India batting line-up to just 158 all out to win by a massive margin of 180 runs. Talk about sweet but cold revenge. We dusted ourselves off after the India defeat in Edgbaston and came back superbly. "I dedicate this win to the people of Pakistan".

The former captains were of the view that success in the Champions Trophy widely speaks about the rise of cricket in Pakistan despite the fact that foreign teams are not visiting the country for nearly one decade. Eighth and lowest-ranked team, behind even Bangladesh, squeaking into the tournament with a qualifying win over Zimbabwe. But then he was run out when a less-fluent Ravindra Jadeja refused to sacrifice his wicket. Both have indicated intentions to continue for a few more years, and it could well mean the World Cup.

After Jasprit Bumrah overstepped, handing Fakhar Zaman a life, he just wasn't able to pull himself together; either that, or both Zaman and Azhar Ali had already spotted something which India hadn't - that Bumrah, one of India's four frontline bowlers, could be taken apart. Now, we're champions. Hopefully this will boost Pakistan cricket. Before we discuss the lessons learnt from the campaign, it's important to acknowledge the way India played in crunch situations. It is clear that the Indian team has been unnecessarily pampered and that captain Virat Kohli and his men were so busy with the IPL tamasha that they could not have been fully prepared for the tournament.

In the final of the Champions Trophy, Mohammad Amir matched Akram. An injury to Amir would have anxious Pakistan, but Rumman Raees replaced him and turned in a brilliant performance.

It was a momentous victory for Bangladesh and the record 224-run partnership between Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan showed how they have matured as a side.

In a way, India's approach to the Champions Trophy was not too different to Royal Challengers Bangalore's approach to the 10 season of the IPL. With this win, the 30-year old became the second Pakistan skipper after the great Imran Khan (won the 1992 world cup) to lift the coveted ICC trophy for the country in the 50-over event.

  • Leroy Wright