Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed gets hero's welcome in Karachi

Ebony Scott
June 21, 2017

"I am confident that the faith and trust of the Pakistan cricket team will be strengthened with this performance of the side".

Virat Kohli was not wrong in his decision to bowl first on a flat track but Adam Gilchrist, a member of the all-conquering Australian team, feels opting to bat was the way to go in a big game like the Champions Trophy final.Gilchrist could only watch the toss of the final yesterday as he was flying in to New Delhi this morning but said the great Australian team of yesteryear would have preferred batting first.Pakistan outplayed India by 180 runs to win their maiden title.

Pakistan entered the tournament as the lowest ranked team at eighth but wins over India, England and South Africa have boosted their points to 95 which is one more than Bangladesh and two more than Sri Lanka.

Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India was bowled out for 158 runs in 33.3 overs.

He said, "The win shows that on Pakistan's day, they can defeat any team".

With the exception of Zimbabwe's tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their "home" matches outside their own country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

But after the victims were remembered with a minute's silence by a capacity crowd, fans at The Oval were soon engrossed by an extraordinary match.

Sarfraz paid tribute to the influence of a coaching staff led by Mickey Arthur, who took charge shortly before Pakistan's tour of England previous year, where a Test series was shared but the ODI campaign lost 4-1.

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The four Pakistanis included left-handed opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, pace duo of Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali besides Sarfraz, who also doubles up as the wicketkeeper.

"This Indian team is a very good team, very competitive and did well to reach the final".

"The teams that might have taken Pakistan lightly in this event will never dare to repeat such a mistake again and whatever the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup may be like, Pakistan will be a serious contender for the trophy", Afridi wrote.

"We just had to keep believing. they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the gameplan that "Saffy" (Sarfraz) and I had set up".

The side includes four Pakistanis, three Indians, three Englishmen and one Bangladeshi, with Kane Williamson of New Zealand as 12th man.

Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.

"Amir was the guy that could do that for us", said Arthur.

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