The year may be ending, but Pakistan’s victorious campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 remains an unforgettable memory for the fans.
A trip down memory lane to re-live some of the greatest moments from the tournament:
An incredible specimen of swing bowling from the sensational Hasan Ali completely floored South Africa’s Wayne Parnell. The delivery was so good, even the young bowler termed it his favourite months after.
The pacer’s celebratory jump also got famous overnight.
Who can ever forget that heart-pounding win against Sri Lanka? Those narrow misses, close calls, dropped chances, the highs and the lows? Sarfraz’s unbeaten 61 and Amir’s resilient stand of 28 took Pakistan through to the playoffs, but not before leaving us hanging by a thread and almost crying in relief when the match ended with a victory for Team Green!
Sarfraz’s victorious celebration.. unreal. Euphoric.
Rumman Raees carried his trademark style from PSL into Pakistan’s semi-final against England. How can you not enjoy his wickets?
The happiest person in the world when Hasan Ali dismissed England skipper Eoin Morgan was none other than the bowler’s father, whose dream came true that moment.
Hasan Ali’s father told the media he had wished for his son to get the skipper out. And he did!
And finally, THAT final…
A Pakistan vs India final is any cricket lover’s dream. And that dream was realised on June 18, 2017 at the lush green fields of The Oval.
That memorable evening, the Green Shirts overcame all odds to give their fans one of the best cricketing memories of all time: a toe-crushing 180 runs defeat to India which sparked an all-night celebration in the streets of Pakistan as the cricket-mad nation erupted in joy.
The quiet, unassuming batsman became a force to reckon with overnight after blasting 114 against India and propelling Pakistan to a formidable total of 338-4.
Even half a year later, these words ring loud and clear in our ears, and why wouldn’t they! It was Mohammad Amir at his absolute best, it was Pakistan at their absolute best. A dropped catch, next ball, and OUT. Nasser Hussain was shouting himself hoarse in the commentary and the atmosphere was electric. Pakistan were edging closer to the trophy.
The young Shadab Khan is never to be taken lightly. That review for Yuvraj Singh wicket was ruthless.
The underdogs, the unpredictables.. they did it. They beat the best and the greatest to lift the Champions Trophy gold.
The white coats. The glittering trophy.
But among all the joy, it was also heartwarming to see some great spirit of cricket between Pakistan and India.
In fact, the ICC even listed it as among the best moments of 2017.
This article is part of Geo.tv’s look back at 2017