LONDON: A fearsome burst of pace bowling from Mohammad Amir consigned India to a horror 180 run defeat at The Oval on Sunday as Pakistan won their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title with plenty to spare.
Chasing Pakistan’s 338 for four, India went down without a fight as the defending champions lost three in-form batsmen in the first nine overs. Hasan ‘bomber’ Ali took three wickets for 19 to polish off the Indian tail. Pakistan won with 117 balls to spare.
Hardik Pandya’s 43-ball 76-runs was the alone bright spot in India’s batting, but his run out gave Pakistan an easy passage to victory. Continue reading
London: Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari unexpectedly announced his retirement from Cricket at the age of 25, just six months after making his England Debut.
Ansari who had been with Surrey since the age of eight, said he wanted to pursue other opportunities and was contemplating a career in law.
” After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, i have decided to bring my cricket career to an end,” he said in a statement released by surrey. ” This has been a very difficult decision to make and i have not made it lightly. It is with great sadness that i say goodbye.
“Nevertheless, i have always been clear that when the time was right for me to move on i would, and that time has now come.
” while the timing may come as a surprise, i have always maintained that cricket was just one part of my life and that i have other ambitions that i want to fulfill.
“With that in mind, i am now exploring another career, potentially in Law, and to achieve this i have to begin the process now.”
Ansari was first capped by the hand injury sustained while fielding at Old Trafford in late 2015. He eventually won his first test cap against Bangladesh last October.
Ansari has combined his cricket career with academic studies. he secured a degree in politics, philosophy and sociology from Cambridge university in 2013 and was awarded a Master’s degree in History by Royal Holloway, University of London last year.
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