I am not a sports writer. But this year’s ICC Champions Trophy has been a different Champions trophy. A trophy where Champions have had to bite the dust.
In the last 8 matches in this Champions Trophy, teams with lower ICC Rankings have been beaten miserably teams with higher ranks.
5th Match: Australia Vs Bangladesh – No Result
6th Match: England Beat New Zealand
7th Match: Pakistan Beat South Africa
8th Match: Sri Lanka Beat India
9th Match: Bangladesh Beat New Zealand
10th Match: England Beat Australia
11th Match: India Beat South Africa
12th Match: Pakistan Beat England
13th Match: India Beat Bangadesh
The above upsets makes us wonder whether this is really a trophy for teams who have been Champions throughout the year ? Or teams who spring in a suprise on its day can go on to become Champions. Pakistan on entering this Championship was the lowest ranked team. Yesterday, this team managed to reach the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy Final. Now thats one amazing turn around. So much so that the high octane India-Pakistan Final could well be on the cards. Makes me wonder, is it really Pakistan’s hard fought skills or ‘Destiny’ that can very well lead to an Indo-Pak final.
Today’s results turned out in India’s favour [which was obvious and expected] the “Mauka Mauka” ads will go beserk. Twitter wars will commence. Ex-cricketers will be at their controversial best. Political honchos will be out with their twitter wishes. Whatsapp will be flooded with memes. Streets on Sunday will go dry. Business will be hampered. As two diplomatically estranged countries will fight out the much wanted battle. The drama, tension, nail biting finishes that were missed in the first clash could well be seen in the Sunday’s final.
I dont want to jinx it, as I finish writing this article the result of India-Bangladesh match is already out and Bangladesh lost by 9 wickets. But the much awaited showdown is what the world wants to witness could very well be the most watched sporting event this year. It’s India Versus Enemy Numero Uno. Guns will blaze. The talk has already begun. Hopefully universe succeeds and cricket lovers get what they want – An Indo-Pak showdown.
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