It was the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and arch-rivals India and Pakistan were facing each other. However, it was Pakistan who turned out to be victorious at the end to clinch the trophy as they defeated India by a huge margin of 180 runs. On the other hand, it was a nightmare for the Men in Blue as they failed in all three departments, i.e. bowling, fielding, batting. Also Read - Yuvraj Singh Recalls Rohit Sharma's First Impression, Says 'He Reminded me of Former Pakistan Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq'
Let’s take a look at reasons which majorly contributed in India’s loss – Also Read - Mohammad Hafeez Names His Favourite Top 5 Batsmen of All-Time, Includes Virat Kohli And Sachin Tendulkar in List
VIRAT KOHLI’S DECISION TO BOWL: Winning the toss and opting to bowl seemed like a new trend in Champions Trophy 2017. Every other team in the tournament was keen on chasing rather than setting a target. Also Read - Umar Akmal Needs to Change His Attitude, Show More Commitment to Play For Pakistan, Says Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq
Kohli was also confident and pretty comfortable with chasing, but he should have kept in mind that it was a flat deck and if he would have opted to bat first, then Team India could have set a big target for Pakistan, considering that their strength is to bat in comparison to bowling. India could have put the arch-rivals under pressure just like the opening game of the tournament, where India won after batting first.
JASPRIT BUMRAH’S NO BALL: Other than yorkers, Bumrah is famous for bowling no balls. It won’t be wrong to say that a no-ball cost India the match. Fakhar Zaman, who smashed a century against India in the final, was caught behind off a no-ball when on 3 off 8. After getting the reprieve, Fakhar then went on to score 97 off his next 84 balls to reach 100 off 92 balls.
In past, we witnessed the same thing, when India lost to West Indies in the semi-finals of T20 World Cup 2016 and it was the no-balls which cost them the match. Also Check: Champions Trophy 2017, India vs Pakistan final: Fakhar Zaman century lights up Oval
BOWLERS FLOP: Indian bowlers started on a good note as Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off with a maiden. However, that momentum was lost early in the game and bowlers started to leak runs throughout the match. Bowlers let batting partnerships to build up and failed to find the breakthroughs when required. All of this helped Pakistan in setting the massive target of 339 runs.
INDIA’S BAD START IN RUN-CHASE: Chasing 339 was always an uphill task and India needed a good start for achieving that massive target. But, India were off to the worst start as they lost Rohit Sharma (0) in the first over and later Kohli was sent back cheaply (5). Both the wickets were taken by fast bowler Mohammad Amir. Also Read: India vs Pakistan Highlights, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Pakistan stun India to win maiden title
BATSMEN FAIL TO CONSOLIDATE: India needed a good partnership in between in order to win the game. After Kohli’s dismissal, other batsmen including Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni failed to rise to the occasion except for Hardik Pandya, who fired a quick half-century. However, Pandya was later run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and from there India lost it completely and got all out for only 158 runs in 30.3 overs, thus losing the game by 180 runs.