Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC One-day rankings

All in all, it includes players from five of the eight participating sides.

India thrashed Pakistan 7-1 in the FIH World Hockey League semi-finals in London around the same time the cricket team outclassed the Indian team in the Champions Trophy final.

Sarfraz was named as skipper for his inspirational leadership which included a match-clinching 61 not out during a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a virtual quarter-final.

Interestingly, in a celebratory video which has gone viral on social media sites, a London cop, posted at the venue to control the ecstatic crowd, started dancing along with the Pakistani fans.

“We were in the knockout stage but no one gave us a chance”. “We showed great character”. They are first-time offenders. “This is the least we could do”.

World Cup winning captain Imran Khan says the current Pakistan team has the potential to become a force in global cricket even as he lamented the country lacks system to polish raw talent.

“After the [first] India match, one thing I said to my boys was “the tournament hasn’t finished yet”, Sarfraz told reporters. They certainly played very good cricket and they also needed victories like this for them as a team.

India were then routed for 158 in the 31st over. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management. “I’m disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I’m proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall”.

Victories against higher-ranked sides saw Pakistan move up two places to sixth in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings, outting them course to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup in England.

Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t resist Amir’s persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a “not out” lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India’s hopes were fading fast at 54-4.

Some Pakistan supporters even mocked India captain Virat Kohli along with a few other players, who didn’t respond to the comments.

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. “Today we are struggling in both sports”, he said.