Pakistan’s players celebrate their victory over India on the pitch after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.
India replied with a paltry 158 all-out in 30.3 overs.
“When players (Fakhar Zaman) like that get going on their day, it becomes really hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk – and they were all coming off”, said Kohli.
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The wicketkeeper-batsman made a statement even before he took questions from the press and appealed that this victory should open the gate for global teams to tour Pakistan in the future.
An unbelievable win for Pakistan against all the odds!
Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final. Kohli looking to move across and flick into the on side got a leading edge straight to point and gave simple catch to Shadab Khan.
Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Specifically pointing out the performance of Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali, Sarfraz said he was quite glad with the way they performed in the tournament and guided Pakistan to victory.
Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty. Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar, every bowler was thrashed which resulted in Pakistan posting the second highest score in Champions Trophy. “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 said. “The whole group kept believing”. They took the game on.
Hafeez’s late big-hitting propelled Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four at The Oval. “So you have to accept losses, you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they’ve shown better skill than you, they’ve shown better composure in pressure situations than you”.
“The way they turned things around for themselves speaks volumes of the talent that they have in their side”. That is something that we need to keep a check on.
Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India’s bowlers looked nervous. One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but credit to the opposition. No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket.
“Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today”.