Pakistan cricket back on track with Champions Trophy win: Shahid Afridi

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed and team mates celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy

Reuters Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed and team mates celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan had come into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team, but they beat South Africa and Sri Lanka to make the semi-finals where they knocked out hosts England easily'. "All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard", the Pakistan captain said.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord s, was superb. "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an wonderful tournament".

Pakistan have so often been the almost men of the Champions Trophy with three previous semi-final exits in eight appearances.

The Pakistan that so meekly succumbed to India in their opening match at Edgbaston were utterly rancid in the field, with a catalogue of costly fumbles, overthrows and two dropped catches pointing decisively to a short stay in the tournament. Amir's arrangement means he will play County Championship fixtures for the current Division One leaders, as well as NatWest T20 Blast matches. However, in this time on hate, Pakistani fans came to the rescue of the India skipper and praised the grace with which he accepted the loss.

"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets - and I did it", said Amir.

After Virat Kohli and team were sent back to the pavilion with a total score of 158 due to some well-bowled overs and internal goof-ups, Twitter was full of hate comments shaming Virat Kohli and his leadership which brought India into the finals in the first place.

It was a day of contrasting fortunes for India's two new-ball bowlers. So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening, Kohli did sound a tad helpless trying to explain Zaman's performance.

Kohli said after the game: "We can be very proud of that as a unit, and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team". Pandya was livid but he was only delaying the inevitable.

But the latest edition of ICC Champions Trophy, which presented a new victor, will be remember for Fakhar for turning a three into a memorable 114.

The harum-scarum left-hander had already survived with just a single to his name when he pushed Bhuvneshwar Kumar to cover and would have been run out had Kedar Jadhav managed a direct hit.

There was chaos along the way in the left-hander's 114 from 106 balls too, not least the edge behind on three off a no-ball, the four leg-byes that pinged off his helmet in the following over and some wacky running that included the mix-up that left Azhar Ali run out.

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