Talat Ali was Pakistan's manager during Champions Trophy    Getty Images
Talat Ali was Pakistan’s manager during Champions Trophy Getty Images

While playing a high-intensity match, confidence is one of the virtues a team needs to possess. However, former Pakistan cricketer Talat Ali thinks former India cricketers Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar were too confident about India winning the title of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Talat, who was Pakistan s team manager during the tournament, revealed that Gavaskar and Shastri s words motivated Pakistan more than anything else to go out and give their 100 per cent on the field to bag their first Champions Trophy title. READ: Sri Lanka players refuse to tour Pakistan for proposed 3rd T20I at Lahore

“India wrote us off in the final. I was listening to the analysis of Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri and they gave us no chance. That fired up the boys. It was called a no-contest and we were written off. We said let the bat and ball do the talking,” Talat told cricbuzz.

“We had quite a bit of luck. Difficult to figure out why India put us in after winning the toss. With our strong bowling attack, once we put a decent total on the board, it was going to be tough for India.

“I am told that television channels rate India-Pakistan clash as the third biggest in the world. Football obviously takes the top spot. The coverage of that game in Pakistan was tremendous and I am sure that was the same case in India. I hope we play regularly so that the tension goes off. The more cricket we play, the better it will be. I hope the bilateral series resumes soon,” Talat concluded.