So after coming into the tournament as rank underdogs – they entered just edging past West Indies as the lowest seed – Pakistan end up as the victor of the Champions Trophy 2017. It’s going to be creating a squad, it’s going to be creating some depth so that we can come here in 2019 and give it a shake.
But Sarfraz, who has had a fine tournament in his triple role of captain, wicket-keeper and batsman added: “You saw how well we bowled in the “death overs” against South Africa and also Sri Lanka”. “We knew the calibre of players we had so we just had to keep believing”.
“There’s no one team on the box, so you have to accept the losses”.
Pakistan, who were termed dark horses at the beginning of the tournament, showed a spectacular performance as India stars Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh failed. After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game.
Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London’s Oval on Sunday in the climax of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day global nations.
Admirable as those sentiments may be, Kohli will find few cricket fanatics in the two countries agreeing with him when he says of the final: “It’s just another game of cricket”. “I think that’s the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more”, the captain said. And they’ve played exactly as I thought they would play because we’ve trained properly and trained well. But also buying into the way we want to play our game, buying into the way we want to play our cricket. It is Pakistan’s first ICC 50 over title since the World Cup win in 1992 and this campaign featured a rise similar to the Cornered Tigers’ victorious one.
Only viewers can decide if this high-voltage cricket battle between India and Pakistan will become the most-watched ICC match in cricket history. “Azhar is a conventional cricketer but with a guy like Zaman, 80% of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off”. The beating he took in the first game served as muscle-enhancing dose of powder for Hasan Ali, whose exploits in the remainder of the tournament provided the vitality in the Pakistan’s pace department that they had earlier lacked. They were outstanding; they really were, with the bat.
While an injured Wahab returned home, it was a blessing in disguise for Pakistan as Junaid Khan took over the mantle with aplomb, showcasing unflappability even when pitted against some of the stronger sides.