Spirits were high at the Pakistan High Commission in London recently after the country’s famous victory over arch-rivals India in the ICC Champions Trophy final.
Pakistan completed an incredible run from No. 8 in the ICC ODI rankings to win its maiden ICC Champions Trophy title, with an 180-run annihilation of India at The Oval on Sunday, June 18.
Equally importantly, it also got the monkey off its back as it was the first time it defeated India in an ICC event since 2009, and only the third time ever.
It meant it ended the tournament in stark contrast to how it had started it, when it was on the other side of the result as the sides met in a group game.
Everything apart from the toss went Pakistan’s way. Sent in to bat, Pakistan rode on Fakhar Zaman’s maiden ODI ton to post a daunting 338 for 4 before Mohammad Amir’s carnage with the ball destroyed India for 158 in just 30.3 overs. The margin could have been even bigger if not for Hardik Pandya’s late 43-ball 76.
To celebrate his nation’s ecstatic victory, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, shared a cake with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shahryar Khan. Also enjoying a slice was Azhar Mehmood, bowling coach and several officers of the High Commission.