Sport Cricket: Pakistan played "perfect game" in CT win: Gilchrist

18:43  19 june  2017
18:43  19 june  2017 Source:   AFP

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New Delhi, June 19, 2017 (AFP) - Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan 's adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.

It was Pakistan 's first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup. Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies' victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles " Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket .

Australia's cricket coach Darren Lehmann (R) and former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist (L) watch nets practice ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup final © Provided by AFP Australia's cricket coach Darren Lehmann (R) and former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist (L) watch nets practice ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup final Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan's adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.

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It was Pakistan 's first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup. Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies' victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles " Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket .

It was Pakistan 's first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup. Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies' victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles " Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket .

Pakistan entered the eight-team Champions Trophy in England and Wales ranked dead last, but upset arch-rivals India with a 180-run thrashing in Sunday's final.

"Deep in your heart, as a cricket lover, you can't be disappointed to see a nation like that (win). We all know their struggles of not getting any international cricket back home," Gilchrist told reporters in New Delhi.

"They are basically a nomadic team which plays abroad. Perhaps because of that, they were able to adjust well in those conditions."

It was Pakistan's first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.

Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies' victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles plaguing their cricket board at home.

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" Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket . India, after a very impressive tournament, just got caught out on the big final day. Don't judge Virat Kohli on one game: Adam Gilchrist after India's defeat.

Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies' victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles plaguing their cricket board at home. " Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket .

"The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable," said the former wicketkeeper-batsman, adding the win was a "positive story" for cricket.

"Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket. India, after a very impressive tournament, just got caught out on the big final day. That can happen."

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