‘Things changed after Jasprit Bumrah no ball’: Bhuvneshwar Kumar remembers 2017 Champions Trophy final

‘Things changed after Jasprit Bumrah no ball’: Bhuvneshwar Kumar remembers 2017 Champions Trophy final
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The 2017 Champions Trophy final noticed one of many greatest cricketing contests – it was India taking over arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval. The Virat Kohli-led side had all of the momentum. They already held a good record in ICC tournaments over Pakistan, and in a earlier meeting in the match, India had picked up an easy win. But the final, sadly for the Indian followers, had a different outcome.
After winning the toss, Kohli elected to bowl, a call which worked in Pakistan’s favour. Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman stitched a 128-run partnership for the opening wicket.The latter, then, went on to hammer a ton. A brisk 57-run innings for Mohammad Hafeez saw Pakistan closing at 338/4 in 50 overs.
While defending the total, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir ran riot, as he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and skipper Virat Kohli early on. Hardik Pandya delivered a late resistance, scoring 76 runs in 43 balls, however an premature run out, ended India’s hope. India had been bundled out for 158, losing the competition by 180 runs. Pakistan lifted the 2017 Champions Trophy.
In an interaction with former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta on ESPNCricinfo video chat present Cricketbaazi, Bhuvneshwar recalled the match. “In the 2017 Champions Trophy final, things changed after Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball. It’s not like we’ve had a one-sided loss or we went down with no battle. We’ve always lost because of an unlucky occasion or incident,” the bowler stated.
Bhuvneshwar was speaking about the moment when Fakhar was caught by Dhoni early on in the match, however replays confirmed Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped. Fakhar was given a lifeline and he made India pay in the match. Though Bhuvneshwar went on to add that the 2017 Champions Trophy final was a one-sided contest.
“Although, the 2017 Champions Trophy final was a one-sided loss where they outplayed us. And it’s tough to pin-point the precise reason for the loss,” he added.
Speaking about India’s incapability to win an ICC tournament in the recent years, Bhuvneshwar stated: “The last we won was the Champions Trophy in 2013. And since then, there have been only 3-4 ICC tournaments and we’ve made it to the semis or the finals about 2-3 occasions. In 2015 World Cup we lost to Australia in the semi-final. And in 2019 World Cup, it was bad luck. An early lack of three high order batsmen price us the sport. It not often occurs that in a match after dismissing the opposition for beneath 250, you are get bowled out,” he stated.
“In that World Cup, Rohit Sharma had scored 5 – 6 centuries, K.L. Rahul was in good form, Virat Kohli played as at all times and we had MS Dhoni as well in the team. But losing these knockout matches masks the truth that we really played very well through those tournaments,” he added.


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