Champions Trophy triumph is a massive boost for Pakistan cricket, says Arthur

Sandy Mccarthy
June 20, 2017

Fans welcomed their heroes with chants of "Pakistan Zindabad" and showered petals upon the cricketers' cavalcade when they headed towards their respective houses.

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 worldwide nations.

"The way we showed character, this is for the nation".

Fakhar Zaman hit a maiden one-day global century to set up a thrilling victory against India, who had been strong favourites to lift a second successive title.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4.

180 The margin of victory for Pakistan, the biggest in the final of any ICC ODI event.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.

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.

India captain Virat Kohli could do little more than praise an opponent who did everything right on the day, reported the ICC.

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Hot favorite India was supposed to trounce underdog Pakistan in the Champions Trophy cricket final in London.

"We want to try to be a lot more consistent as a team, but we've got a group of young players here that are fantastic".

The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which comprised former captains Michael Atherton of England, India's Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, as chairman.

"It's disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we've played in this tournament". Pakistan played like winners and now are champions of the world. "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.

Sarfraz said, "I think this is a great achievement for me, my team and my country".

"We certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn't have anything going our way in that partnership".

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase", Kohli said.

"We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game".

"Wow wow wow unbelievable performance by team green".

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