For the first time in the history of champions trophy after 19 years
Champion’s trophy Sports News: With the victory of Pakistan over Sri Lanka, the Champions Trophy has ended up with the first group round. Now the knock-out round has also been fixed for the semi-finals. This time in the history of Champions trophy semifinals something is going to happened which has never happened before. For the first time three Asian teams have reached the semi-finals of Champions trophy. This is the first time in the 19-year history of the Champions Trophy. It has never happened in the previous seven editions of the Champions Trophy that Asian teams have occupied three semi-final seasons.
Now Pakistan play in the semi final with the host England in the battle to reach the final on Wednesday, India and Bangladesh will face Each other on Thursday, the next day. Former cricketer Ravi Shastri made a small talk on this on this situation while commenting on the Champions Trophy as Asia Cup during the TV commentary, which also includes England's participation as host.
Shastri may have said this in a joke but the truth is that if India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were not in the same group, then there was every possibility that the four teams in the semi-finals would be Asian. Indian subcontinent teams have surprised everyone at this time. It was this period when Asian teams could not perform anything special on England soil. But now the time has changed. England's flat wickets are quite a lot in Asian teams.
Apart from this rain has also proven fortunate for Asian teams. If a strong team like World Champion Australia is out of the semi-final race, its main reason is rain. Due to rain, Australia had to share points with Bangladesh and New Zealand. At the same time, according to the current ranking, the world's number one team South Africa has not been able to recover from its old weakness in scoring under pressure.
On the other hand, Asian teams have maintained consistency in their performance. In places like Edgbaston and Oval, the support of the audience has also gained a lot due to the large number of people of Asian descent. If Pakistan beat England in the semi-final on Wednesday, then the final will also be between two Asian teams. Otherwise, the entry of an Asian team in the final is fixed.