Jubilant photographs of Pakistan cricket fans dancing in the streets were plastered all over national newspapers on Monday after their eighth-ranked team produced a thrilling win against arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy final.
As Pandya was disgusted and upset for not being able to earn the title, Indian captain Virat Kohli had a different opinion about his team performance and especially of Pandya as he said: “Everyone who plays for the country is committed to the team”.
There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match remaining, as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.
Arthur’s Pakistan have certainly shown guts and courage with series of stunning victories.Pakistan’s impressive showing in the Champions Trophy is the reason why their South African coach, who was in danger of losing his job had Pakistan crashed out of the tournament at the first hurdle, is now already eyeing World Cup 2019.
“It was disappointing. Congos to Pakistan”. “I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an awesome tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have”.
Credit to Pakistan. They outplayed us.
“Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase”, Kohli said.
“We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team”. They were more intense and more passionate.
“In the end. you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition”, Kohli added sportingly. Pakistan then prove it’s possible to bat on a used pitch, with Fakhar making his second fifty in as manny matches, as they cruise to victory with 77 balls to spare.
Pandya got out after scoring 76 runs off 43 balls.
The 28-year-old skipper partially blamed pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball which gave opener and century-maker Fakhar Zaman – who was on three at that time – a life which helped Pakistan post a massive total. “Lot of credit also goes to senior players like Hafeez bhai (Mohammed Hafeez) and a brilliant spell from Amir”, said Sarfraz.