“All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard”, the Pakistan captain said.
Three Indians, including skipper Virat Kohli, were named in the ICC Team of the Champions Trophy 2017, with Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed named its captain, a day after his side’s triumphant campaign.
India were 0-1 but Amir went a step ahead in his next over by getting the wicket of India’s biggest hope and captain Virat Kohli. He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.
The man from Etawah praised Hardik Pandya for his sensational knock of 76 off 43 balls and expressed disappointment over his unfortunate run-out.
The Pakistan fans were eager to get a glimpse of the Trophy which will grace the Pakistan’s Trophy Cabinet. Three of Pakistan’s players that contributed greatly throughout the tournament were playing an global match for the first time, namely Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees.
Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.
Junaid got eight wickets in the tournament and proved to be a great new ball user along with Mohammad Amir.
The side includes seven players from the two finalists – India and Pakistan.
Promising young opener Fakhar Zaman slammed a super century to guide Pakistan to a challenging total against arch-rivals India after being invited to bat first.
Amir’s triple strikes rattled India as they lost three of their most prolific run-getters with just 33 runs on the board and from thereon it was all downhill for the defending champions.
When Pakistan beat India by a whopping 180 runs to lift the trophy, a war of words was expected again.
Boys you made us happy & proud. The south Asian nation claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009.
This was the biggest margin of victory in any ICC ODI tournament in terms of runs. “No matter what they bring, we are believing in our abilities”, Kohli said. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have.
But the two openers became more convincing and in the 20th over, bowled by Jadeja, reached their 50s from consecutive balls – Fakhar second to the milestone from one delivery fewer when he cut his seventh four straight through the hands of Yuvraj at point. “After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again”, said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out.