Kohli had tried to play down the hostility even before the final and said they would play Pakistan as any other opponent.
Pakistan’s first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup reflected well on their former Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who kept his squad from losing focus after their dismal display against the Indians earlier in the tournament.
“The Champions Trophy 2017 has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed”.
The left-arm paceman dismissed Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. Hasan had a superb tournament, finishing as the highest wicket-taker and taking home the man-of-the-series award.
Pakistan put on a cricketing masterclass at The Oval to claim the ICC Champions Trophy over rivals India on Saturday. Pandya did provide a little hope with his 76 runs helping take the reigning champions from 72-6 to 152-7. “They can upset anyone on their day”, Kohli said after the match.
But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his teammates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.
Kohli’s dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.
For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Aamer and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have.
But it was wins all the way from then on, culminating in Sunday’s stunning success at The Oval – the scene of Pakistan’s first Test match victory in England in 1954.
“The credit goes to my boys; they’re learning very well and they work hard.When superstars play, it is easier to guide them during a match because they don’t need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations”. They’re struggling at the 9 position with meagre 77 rating points, and that makes it all the more hard for them to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019. No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket.
He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win for the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament who lost heavily to India in the group stage. It answered that in emphatic fashion with a clinical performance, outplaying India in all facets of the game, “the report noted“.
India won the toss and elected to field.