Pakistan a serious contender for 2019 World Cup, feels Afridi


Dhaka: An Indian cricket fan from Jamalpur in Bangladesh has committed suicide after his favourite teams crushing defeat to Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy, a media report said.

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

A highly motivated Pakistan crushed their arch-rivals India by 180 runs to lift their first-ever ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval.

The lowest-ranked team in the eight-nation one-day worldwide tournament, their group campaign started with a 124-run thrashing by India at Edgbaston on June 4.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area. The Times of India, for instance, chose to highlight India's 7-1 victory over Pakistan in a Hockey Word League game that was also being played in London on Sunday. After the defeat, disappointed Indian skipper Virat Kohli, being a true sportsperson, praised Pakistani team members for their brilliant all-round performance.

"We cant take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this".

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Players from the champions Pakistan dominated the squad with Sarfraz Ahmed named captain of the side.

"It's the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games".

"Certainly, it's not about me and my career but it's about 15 unbelievable players in that dressing room, who have been absolutely fantastic for the past year".

"Then we kept losing wickets".

"Our team has presented us with a best gift in the holy fasting month of Ramadan", said Shabbir Ali Asghar, a 14-year-old student, as he watched the final with friends on television in Rawalpindi.

On the other hand, Indian batsmen struggled to find any kind of momentum as Pakistani fast bowlers, specially Mohammed Amir, bowled brilliantly with the new ball and broke the back of India's chase by dismissing Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in quick succession. The Green Shirts had entered as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, with nobody predicting they would go on to lift the trophy. I am one of his best mates and we really wanted him in the team. "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".