Champions Trophy 2021 in doubt, ICC mulls 2 WT20s in 4 years

But also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see worldwide cricket.

India's top three batsmen - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and captain Virat Kohli - came to the final having combined for 874 runs, more than 80 percent of the team's tally in the tournament.

India are slated to host the ninth staging of the Champions Trophy in four years' time but ICC chief executive Dave Richardson revealed it is far from a certainty.

India won the toss and elected to field.

"They [Pakistan] deserved to win".

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4.

The green shirts' total was bolstered by a solid 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali which set the mood for the first inning.

With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood was the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 9 wickets in 3 matches.

Pakistan inflicted a massive 180-run defeat upon title-holders and favourites India at the Oval in London on Sunday to win the tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations. Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India was bowled out for 158 runs in 33.3 overs.

In the ODI bowlers rankings, Pakistan's Hasan Ali, who took 13 wickets in five games to be named Player of the Champions Trophy, broke into the top 10, leapfrogging 12 of his peers to claim the seventh spot.

Former captain appreciated 18-year-old Shahdaab's confidence level, adding that his insistence on taking review for Leg Before Wicket (LBW) was the result of his confidence.

Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

"The risky Dhoni was bounced out and Jadeja failed to sacrifice himself to allow the incredibly exciting Hardik Pandya to take India towards an unlikely victory", he added. He ran out his fellow opener Azhar Ali while he was ball-watching after they'd made a record 128 but he shrugged that off too to earn his maiden century for Pakistan, in only his fourth one-day worldwide, 11 days after his debut.

Overall Pakistan had been the better side in every respect: batting better, fielding better and bowling better.

"We showed great character".

Kohli professed that he was proud of team's performance in the Champions Trophy and reiterated that results can't be guaranteed.

For all these players, the Champions Trophy is turning out to be a bonanza in financial terms.

  • Salvatore Jensen