Sarfraz Ahmed: Pakistan captain mobbed at home by jubilant fans

India didn’t expect to be outplayed in such a fashion”, said cricket fan Naseem Bukhari in the southern port city of Karachi.

“Small margins can be massive but we’ve only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes”.

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

“With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities”. Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off.

Despite the heavy loss, Kohli had a smile on his face. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have.

“We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly”, added the South African after Pakistan’s first major global tournament success since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 in England.

“I’m so excited Allah has answered our prayers”, said Nek Amal Khan, 42, a street vendor who was amongst thousands to throng the streets of the northwestern city of Peshawar.

This was the first Champions Trophy title for Pakistan. “So let’s hope that this really kick-starts that momentum in Pakistan again”, Arthur said.

“It has been an up and down ride”.

Pakistan has leapfrogged over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the latest ICC ODI rankings helping them to get closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, to which host England and the next seven highest-ranked sides as on September 30, will get straight entries. We knew we were better than that.

“A 16-team World T20 – even a 20-team World T20 – down the line is something that we would like to look at. It has been a remarkable achievement”, said Arthur. “We don’t focus too much on past records”, he said.

“We’ve got a group of young players who are fantastic”.

He continued: “I was feeling very lucky”.

Ten years later, here we are. “Furthermore, the terrorists can not win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan“, Clarke had said. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management.

“They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did”, Kohli told a news conference.

The Dawn called it a historic win over Pakistan’s arch rivals.

“We have had youngsters benefitting from PSL”.

Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam Ahmad Shahzad along with player of the tournament Hasan Ali landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, where they were presented with flower bouquets and showered with rose petals.

Then one ball after Kohli, the world’s leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.

Wasim Akram and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq were among the players from that famous win 25 years ago.

But the fans on Pakistan side are over the top in their victory celebrations and also furious in the case of a defeat to India. Make no bones about it, England wanted to win it. It sounded endearing as it was a honest appeal from him. No one cared for those syntax errors due to language limitations.