“To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the ideal icing on the cake”, remarked Sarfraz.
“We can’t take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day”.
“We wanted to inspire the whole nation because we have been missing this for the last nine years with no cricket at home”.
“So we just had to keep believing and keep them trusting the techniques and keep them trusting their game plan and keep them trusting their roles, and that’s why I’m incredibly proud of that dressing room because they did that”.
In October 2015, this Pakistan side only just made it into the tournament as one of the top eight teams in the world given just days after the cut off point they were beaten by Zimbabwe and slipped to ninth.
“Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team“.
While the country’s largest paper, the Urdu-daily Jang, announced: “Pakistan Champions, trounced Indian team“.
“I don’t think anyone can argue that the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was anything but a roaring success, and while we didn’t see nail-biting final over victories, we saw upsets and heroes being made”, wrote Bell in a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us”. Pakistan has a potent pace bowling attack in Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali.
India’s next major one-day challenge will come in the 2019 World Cup back in England. You talk about our players not playing at home but also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don’t see worldwide cricket. I am one of his best mates and we really wanted him in the team.
He said he “deeply appreciated” the team’s extraordinary victory and said the players and management “deserve the nation’s profound gratitude and appreciation for their remarkable performances”.
With Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman also coming of age, Pakistan’s batting lineup appears to have the right blend of youth and experience, boosted by the solidity of former captains Azhar, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have. We had some good, hard conversations, but we didn’t train any more.
“When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions”.