“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”, Sarfraz said in an International Cricket Council statement.
To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni’s residence soon after the match.
Pakistan celebrated one of its biggest cricket victories on June 18, defeating arch-rival India in the Champions Trophy final in London.
Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for mere 158 runs in 33.3 overs.
Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun’s Clock Tower and nearby area.
Cricket captain Virat Kohli, who is leading the men-in-blue for the first time in a major International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament, wished his hockey counterparts the best ahead of the marquee clash.
“Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the finals – (but) we were outplayed in all departments”.
“I wasn’t feeling well yesterday, I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to play, but the physio said I would be fine in the morning”. I am happy with the brand of cricket we have been playing and want to continue the momentum.
Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds.
“We want to be a little more consistent as a team but we’ve got a group of players here who are fantastic”.
“We had some good, hard conversations [after that defeat], but we didn’t train anymore because we knew the base had been done”.
“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”, Kohli said.
The players’ rankings saw India’s Rohit Sharma, who scored an unbeaten 123 in the semi-final against Bangladesh, gaining three slots to share the No.10 position with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan. “They have been brilliant, and my fellow coaching staff and management team have been fantastic, as well”, a sense of satisfaction was palpable in his voice. Team India lost the finals but the boys weren’t sore, they were proud of their performance and thus accepted the defeat. “The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side”, Kohli said.