Kohli said Pakistani players were more intense and passionate in the final which also helped them outplay the India team in every department of the game.
Sarfraz also credited bowlers for Pakistan’s success and termed opener Fakhar Zaman, who scored century in the final, as an impact player.
It was then over to Amir, who quickly dispelled the predictions of many that India could pull off a tournament and ground-record run chase – in the process silencing the majority support in a sell-out crowd for this high-profile showdown as their team folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.
Ahead of the final match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between India and Pakistan, celebrities from the Bollywood film industry were as excited as any other cricket fan to cheer for their “Men in Blue”.
“I hope this win will boost up Pakistan cricket, and all playing nations (will come) to Pakistan“.
The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease.
The Indian batsman has been clicking on all cylinders, displaying masterful performance throughout the tournament especially the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, giving India a flawless start, putting up scores on the board and pressuring the opposition bowlers. If he plays like this, he will make his country proud.
Sarfraz said, “I think this is a great achievement for me, my team and my country. I enjoyed the way we played, but as always I look for things to improve in our performances but scoring seven and conceding one is good”. All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard, ? the Pakistan captain said.
Pandya raced to his half-century in 32 balls, with the third of three successive sixes in one over from Shadab Khan – but after pressing on to a new career-best, with four fours and six maximums, he was run out in a hapless mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja which encapsulated India’s miserable day.
India ran out 7-1 winners over their old rivals in a World Hockey League fixture at Lee Valley in east London just as Virat Kohli’s cricketers were enduring defeat at the Oval in the south of the city, 10 miles (15.7km) away.