Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur hails revenge over India for Edgbaston ‘aberration’

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur hails revenge over India for Edgbaston 'aberration'

The left-arm paceman dismissed Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

Akram, who played a crucial role in their sucessful 1992 World Cup campaign-including a hat-trick against England in the final- also praised the team for their performance.

And the captain credited his men for the strong comeback.

India were then routed for 158 in the 31st over.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the Kashmir valley, where most people favour independence or a merger with predominantly Muslim Pakistan.

Fakhar should have been out for 3 in the fourth over, caught behind, but Jasprit Bumrah delivered a no ball.

Pakistan made 338 for four, with the cornerstone being opener Fakhar Zaman’s 114, his maiden ODI hundred.

The former captain said he was highly impressed with the way the team bounced back to win the trophy after the heavy loss to India in the opening match.

By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a terrible mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted.

But they regrouped, brought in opener Fakhar Zaman and vowed to play more aggressive cricket.

Pakistan break jinx, trounce India in dream final”, the Dawn proclaimed in its lead story.

They were also thrashed 4-1 by Australia in January and were not well-fancied coming into this competition.

India captain Virat Kohli says Fakhar Zaman’s cavalier approach was hard to counter as 80 percent of his “high risk shots” came off well during the Champions Trophy final against Paksitan, here today. The way they turned things around, it was fantastic.

“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.

In the final, he continued to be used as a change bowler in the middle overs, and immediately cramped India talisman MS Dhoni with a short-pitched delivery for his first wicket.

We, as Indian Fans of Cricket and Virat, still back our team. “Winning this trophy apart, I am celebrating my political sentiment as well”, Amir, who gave only his first name, told AFP outside the grand mosque in Srinagar’s old town of Nowhatta.

“We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games”.

Pakistan’s captain took his team through to the knockout phase with a tense three-wicket victory in the last group game against Sri Lanka in Cardiff, but not before he was dropped twice – the first an absolute sitter to mid-on – off Lasith Malinga with the target still a considerable distance away.

Several global players also praised the Pakistan team.