Three Asian teams have successfully qualified for the Champions Trophy semifinals along with the hosts England, defeating many bigwigs like Aussies, Black Caps and Proteas. Numerous factors are responsible for stupendous performance by these sub continent teams in the English conditions against the top ranked other teams.
Except Indian team no other team was anticipated in the top four to make their way for the semis. Pakistan had little bit of chance as they have some world class seamers like Aamir and Junaid Khan. The confidence to take on bigwigs is one of the most crucial factors for their win. The way Pakistan defeated Proteas is the perfect example to take on bigwigs in high voltage games.
In the match against New Zealand, Bangladesh were reduced to 33/4 and then Shakib and Mahmudullah scripted a historic heist. Self believe and power packed performances from the Bagladeshi boys resulted in a comprehensive victory against Kiwis.
Another reason for success of the Asian countries is that the English curators decided to remove green top from the wickets which would have helped the seamers of South African and Australia and Kiwis. The new white ball has not swung this season in England, the ball has just followed straight lines and swing has not been that much effective except for some initial overs. Hence, this has narrowed the gap between Asian and the other nations by a significant margin as on dry batting tracks, earlier only swing has troubled the Asian teams.
Inclusion of some unorthodox bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mushfiqur Rahim turned out to be a surprising element for many world class batsmen as they were unable to pick their lengths and play their shots.