In exactly 1 day and 6 hours, the last ICC Champions Trophy tournament shall commence. The last time the top eight teams of the world battle against each other to be the best of the best. Whichever team wins the title this time, gets to keep it forever.
Pakistan go into this all-important tournament as the hot favorites to win the title. Their incredibly fierce and diverse bowling attack has the ability to crumble through the most resilient batting line-up there may be. And with batsmen like Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafiq, who on their good days have the ability to rattle any opposition, there’s no knowing when this team will turn tables on the opposition and snatch a victory where there was none. Their unpredictability can match no other’s and no matter how much you manage to strategize against them, you can never anticipate the surprising knock a mediocre batsman may pull off or a sudden wicket they might manage to sneak in. They can go from being the best to the worst and the worst to the best all in a matter of minutes – and they’re the only team that can do that.
Going into this tournament, that’s exactly how we want our team to play again. We don’t want consistency. We don’t want strategies and tactics. We just want our players to go out there, fight like never before, and be their usual unpredictable self – because that’s exactly how we love them and that’s exactly how, 15 years later, we can finally manage to get our hands on this title. Our unpredictability has, and always will be, our greatest weapon.
Good luck Team Pakistan!
Praying that this time we won’t have to console ourselves with the usual tum jeeto ya haaro, hamein tumse pyaar hai!