“Congratulations @TheRealPCB, the team & the whole country for such a great win.#CT17″.
Fakhar slammed 114 runs off 106 balls to help Pakistan post a formibadle total of 338/6.
“I’m really happy for all of Pakistan because they’ve been waiting for this for a very long time”. I was telling somebody the other day that I have had five semi- finals with South Africa and never got to a final.
Fakhar continued to a 92-ball century, finally falling to Indian bowler Hardik Pandya in the 33rd over.
The man of the match in the final, Zaman, also came under a lot of appreciation from the former allrounder.
“They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final”, Kohli added.
“Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets – and I did it”, said Amir.
The International Cricket Council ( ICC) are slated to send a World XI to Pakistan in September.
“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”, said Sarfraz in a statement.
Meanwhile, reflecting on India’s tournament as a whole, Kohli insisted: “We can (still) be very proud … and we leave here with our heads held high”.
“They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did”, Kohli told a news conference. Even though there were not too many on-field battles, things did turn ugly after the match got over.
Hasan Ali drew inspiration from his fellow fast bowler to take three wickets and, supported by tigerish fielding which has not always been a feature of Pakistan cricket teams, they bowled out India for 158 to win the trophy for the first time. “We can only hope”, the Dawn quoted Arthur as saying.
But Strauss says there is no need for one poor display to take away from what the team has done since their terrible run of performances at the 2015 World Cup.
Pakistan celebrates at ICC Champions Trophy Final, The Kia Oval, London, June 18.
With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.
India captain Virat Kohli, who was one of three batsmen dismissed in a devastating opening spell from Mohammad Amir, accepted his side had been a distant second best.