Kohli philosophical after Champions final collapse

India was the lopsided 4-9 favorite by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.

Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan’s first Champions Trophy win.

There were no other changes in the teams standings led by South Africa, although India, England and Bangladesh have all lost a point each.

Sarfraz was chosen as the captain following his inspirational leadership during the 18-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team’s 180-run victory over India. After India’s win over Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup 2016, a journalist asked about what India to that they beat Pakistan in all the World Cup games as the score is till date 11-0. “Unfortunately, from an Australian perspective, not much went right and the team was bundled out early”, Hussey said.

“They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today”.

Zaman was adjudged the Man of the Match while Hasan Ali was declared the Player of the Tournament.

Kohli, the world’s top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

“I have a smile on my face because I am very proud of the boys”.

Sarfraz also lauded his bowlers for their impressive performance against a strong Indian batting line-up.

Ali took three wickets in the final and finished as the leading wicket-taker with 13 in five matches.

“First of all I would like to thank God, I think this is a big victory for the whole Pakistani public”, he told reporters”.

Jubilant fans spilled onto the streets dancing and distributing candies soon after Hasan Ali claimed the last Indian wicket in the 31st over.

Former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan tweeted his congratulations, while former teammate Wasim Akram, one of the world’s greatest fast bowlers, said he was “over the moon”.

He appreciated collective team efforts for the scintillating win, adding that Pakistan Young guns proved their mettle.

Ahmed was ecstatic to be named as the captain and said, “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 flawless icing on the cake”. When we arrived here, we just played like we have nothing to lose. My advice is to play like this.

“I was not expecting that Pakistan will win the match, it was an unbelievable turnaround”, said stock broker Haris Ali, 55, in the coastal metropolis of Karachi.