Champions Trophy 2017

Shoaib Malik revealed why he and Kohli were laughing after Champions Trophy Final

India vs Pakistan Final at the ICC Champions Trophy ended up being about as one-sided as most clashes between these two sides are, with Pakistan winning by a massive 180 runs at The Oval on 18 June 2018.

Pakistan’s star all-rounder Shoaib Malik recalled the moment when he along with Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Azhar Mahmood were seen sharing a laugh after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final in England.

Virat Kohli-led Team India lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by a massive 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy, thus handing Pakistan their maiden title two years ago.

After the match, the Indian and Pakistani players were seen gelling along on the ground and sharing a few laughs during the presentation ceremony.

International Cricket Council (ICC) had posted a video on Twitter with the hashtag #SpiritOfCricket in which Malik was seen sharing something with Yuvraj and Kohli, with other younger Pakistani cricketers around, and all of them were seen laughing over the conversation.

But what was topic of discussion that tickled everyone around after an intense match between the two traditional foes?

“We were playing the Champions Trophy final against India, after the match during the presentation, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and myself were laughing. We all were discussing a dropped catch of Chris Gayle and laughing,” Malik revealed on the Voice of Cricket show.

Virat Kohli has asked him what Saeed Ajmal told him after the floored catch, to which Shoaib Malik replied.

“It was the catch of Gayle that was dropped back then and he was going hard after us. I asked Ajmal ‘if you had positioned yourself to take the catch, why did you pull out at the last moment’? He told me that he waited crouched on the ground to take the catch just in case you (Shoaib Malik) drop it,” recalled Malik.

India were outclassed by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy by 180 runs. Batting first, Pakistan had scored 338/4 in their 50 overs courtesy Fakhar Zaman (114), Mohammad Hafeez (57*) and Azhar Ali (59) knocks.

Barring Hardik Pandya (76), the Indian batsmen faltered in the run-chase after a stupendous bowling show by Pakistan pacers Mohammad Amir (3/16) and Hasan Ali (3/19). India were eventually bundled out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

 

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