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Don’t write off Pakistan

If you ever write off Pakistan, do it on your own peril. Some of our armchair critics did that after Pakistan lost to India in a one-sided match. But as if that injection, that kick in the back was needed for this young and energetic squad. Pakistan bounced back, incredibly…. incredible, because Pakistan had barely qualified for the Champions Trophy. The cut-off date for the CT qualification was September 30, 2015 and Pakistan had to play a tri-series in Zimbabwe, also involving the West Indies. Pakistan Cricket Board…

How the players feel on the Champions Trophy win

How the Pakistan players and team staff felt on the massive Champions Trophy win, which made more bigger as it came against the nemesis, India. Mickey Arthur This is a massive win and it will go a long way in establishing and maturing this team. The platform is set for us to do well in the 2019 World Cup and we hope to build on to this win. We were ruled out after the first defeat but the kind of resolve this team has shown is great and the culture of fitness we introduced in the team is paying off.…

Will Zainab Abbas take a selfie with Kohli this time?

Virat Kohli was bowled out on a duck against Sri Lanka in a ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match and Indian fans soon blamed this Pakistani Anchor Zainab Abbas for Kohli's dismissal and termed her selfies as "cursed". Twitterati began trolling the anchor as she had taken selfies with both Virat Kohli and AB deVilliers both of whom were dismissed for a duck in the very next matches they played. Pakistani trolls too jumped on the trend started by Indian trolls and demanded her to take a selfie with the Sri Lankan captain…

‘I am not even going to try and predict the winner’

The ICC’s commercial department have probably been celebrating with their rights partners since Thursday because this is the organiser’s dream clash with the possibility of a TV audience well in excess of one billion, Sri Lankan legend Sangakkara wrote in a column on ICC website. The former Sri Lankan captain maintained that both India and Pakistan have played some exceptional cricket, adapted really well to conditions, and have shown enormous heart and spirit along the way, both bouncing back from heavy defeats.…

Is Sehwag listening? Shahid Afridi’s reply to Indian fan is heart-warming and full of love

At a time when former Indian cricketers like Virender Sehwag, flop filmstars like Anupam Kher and attention seekers like Rishi Kapoor are spewing venom against Pakistan before the Champions Trophy final where India are Pakistan are set to clash on cricketing field, former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi's reply to his Indian fan's note is a must-read for the doves on both sides of the border. As one of his Indian fans, Chalukyan G, wrote a note mentioning Afridi with the hope that he might read this or others would…

This Karachi guy looks a lot like Indian captain Virat Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli is now world's top ODI batsman and has a huge fan base among cricket fans across the world.  SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Recently, a boy bearing strong resemblance to Kohli was spotted working at a pizza joint in Karachi sending the internet into overdrive. His video was posted by a Facebook page 'Just Pakistani things' which credited the video to a Mustafa Sohail guy in Karachi who captured the 'Kohli 2' The video has gone viral and has garnered more than 300,000 views and 1,700…

CT 2017: High-level India make easy work of Pakistan

BIRMINGHAM: Indian cricket is at different level than Pakistan. This was amply proved at Edgbaston on Sunday with the defending Champions Trophy winners punishing their opponents by 124 on Duck-worth Lewis method runs to open their account. The Indian Premier League has lifted their cricket to new heights which was amply exhibited in all three departments today. In contrast Pakistan faltered in all three, unable to stop the flow of runs in the slog overs, dropped two crucial catches, two of their bowlers fell unfit and…

Champions Trophy: Tahir spins South Africa to big win over Sri Lanka

THE OVAL: Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took four wickets as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 96 runs to begin their Champions Trophy campaign in style in London on Saturday. Tahir finished with four for 27 in 8.3 overs after former captain Hashim Amla scored his 25th ODI century to set Sri Lanka a target of 300 runs. Sri Lanka were cruising along at 116 for two when Tahir was introduced to the attack in the 18th over and South Africa immediately got a firm grip on the game. Dinesh Chandimal took on one of South Africa's…

ICC to introduce innovative bat sensors, drones in Champions Trophy

England trio Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Ben Stokes will be among the players from around the world pioneering new bat sensors during the upcoming Champions Trophy, it was announced Tuesday. Technology giant Intel has developed a sensor, placed on top of the bat handle, that provides previously unseen precise details about a player's bat speed and angle of back lift. The aim is to both provide more information to television audiences and, longer term, develop a coaching aid. Former England captain turned cricket…

‘India-Pakistan game is always exciting for all the fans’

MUMBAI: Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Wednesday his side would be ruthless in defending their Champions Trophy title next month, describing the competition as tougher even than the World Cup. India begin their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham, but Kohli played down the hype surrounding the hotly-anticipated clash. "As a cricketer you can't even think of the non-striker when you are facing a ball, so forget about things that are not in our control," Kohli said of playing…