Mohammad Hafeez: Champions Trophy triumph is for all of Pakistan

Mohammad Hafeez: Champions Trophy triumph is for all of Pakistan

The total was boosted by a late cameo from Mohammad Hafeez, who smashed 57 from just 37 balls.

Afridi lauded the performance of centurion Fakhar Zaman and the tournament’s leading wicket-taker Hassan Ali besides congratulating captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Soon after the game, thrilled Pakistan supporters celebrated the triumph by singing from the Oval stand, while some took the streets of London to celebrate.

“Pakistan bowling attack was brilliant with Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan contributing well throughout the tournament but the emergence of a couple of newer players in Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman, who scored a brilliant century in the final, is exciting for the future of their side”, Hussey said.

This is their first ICC title since winning the 2009 World Twenty20 in similarly incomprehensible manner. “We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely”, Indian captain Virat Kohli said. “It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive”. “They can upset anyone on their day”. “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”.

Amir, once vilified for his role in the 2010 Pakistan spot-fixing scandal which led to him serving a prison term in the United Kingdom, was at his brilliant best when he produced a devastating opening spell.

The Blacks didn’t win a single game at the tournament, although they were in the driver’s seat when rain ended their match against Australia, and this was reflected in the tournament team with Kane Williamson sneaking in as 12th man due to his form with the bat.

Following are five key moments that helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy for the first time with a crushing 180-run victory over holders India at The Oval in London on Sunday.

Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash.

“In the end … you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition”, Kohli added sportingly.

Virat Kohli paid tribute to victors Pakistan and acknowledged India had been outplayed in all departments in a one-sided ICC Champions Trophy final.

“We want to be a little more consistent as a team but we’ve got a group of players here who are fantastic”.

The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India’s top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.