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Sunil Gavaskar during an event. Image: Getty Images

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said that the no ball bowled by Jasprit Bumrah in the finals of ICC Champions Trophy will continue to haunt him for long, as it came at a time when India could have gained an early advantage but this was not the case, as the bowler had overstepped and Zaman was adjudged not out, on this basis.

Later, Zaman, who caught on a score of three, went on to play an innings of 114, which could not have been possible had Bumrah not bowled a no ball,

“Jasprit bowled quite superbly throughout the tournament, but yes, I think that no ball is the one that’s going to be, unfortunately for what he is remembered for a long time and mainly because it was against Pakistan,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

To chase down the total of 339,  the Indian skipper Virat Kohli needed to play magical innings here, as he is known as one of the best chasers in world cricket. It was his job to ensure that India gets over the line, as already, Kohli had taken a wrong decision to bowl first, as per few former cricketers and now captain had the task to ensure a win but the way he got out, was quite strange.

First, he edged one delivery to slips which Azhar Ali dropped. Kohli was a relieved man and already, Amir had sent a warning to him and on the very next delivery, Amir again sent Kohli a message and this time, batsman edged towards point and this time Shadab Khan took a smart catch to end Kohli’s innings. When everyone is criticising skipper Kohli for his failure, Gavaskar has come to his captain’s rescue as the former legend said,

“More than Virat Kohli, the rest of the Indian cricket clubbing population must understand that Kohli is human. That he is going to falter once in a while and so the expectation must scale down just a little bit and not that he is going to go out and score a hundred every single time or he will be winning every single match. I think if those expectations are scaled down then, I think, Virat would be able to perform more consistently than he is doing. He is doing brilliantly and also win more trophies.”

The defending champions had big expectations back home but in the end, the result was a disappointing one. It’s more disappointing to see the two-time World Cup winning team letting the trophy go away, as it was the fourth time when India reached the second stage of an ICC tournament on the trot but again, faltered, to the let the opportunity go away.

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