After intense final, Pak-India players enjoy spirit of cricket

Tuesday, 20 Jun, 2017

Pakistan dominated the ICC Champions Trophy final to thrash a rather off-color India by 180 runs to lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

"It (the loss) will only boost the morale of Indian squad as this is not the end of the world and the team India would definitely make a comeback", he stated.

Despite the humbling defeat to Pakistan, Oppo stands by the "Men in Blue" and continues to extend its support for Virat Kohli and his men with a sense of pride.

"But the thing about that [initial] loss, and I think we clarified it at that time, was we knew that was an aberration".

Younis Khan termed the performance of the team in final "a rousing show of skills and talent of young players " and also praised the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmad.

Apparently, certain sections of Indian cricket fans are now regarding Team India star Ravindra Jadeja as the no 1 villain of the country.

"I dedicate this victory to my mother who always fasts whenever I am playing", said Hasan after the victory. We trusted what we had put in place, but we had some good honest conversations.

Arthur said on Sunday: "It's been an up and down ride for us, but so proud of the boys".

"They [Pakistan] deserved to win". He can give you a match-winning performance in any game that he plays, and he's a gun fielder as well.

Despite a series of successes in the kitty, the Indian team were on the back foot, and lacked aggression, a stark contrast to what they have been showcasing so far. That's massive for the country. The teams clashed again in the semifinal and Pakistan won by four wickets to enter the final. Pakistan peaking at the right time, the law of averages, lack of middle-order and lower-order exposure, getting the team combination wrong, poor lines and lengths, Jasprit Bhumrah's no-ball dismissing Fakhar Zaman and on and on and on. "It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive".

"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 South Asians arrived in Britain for the eight-team, one-day global tournament as the lowest-ranked side, packed with players still trying to find their feet at the highest level and given little hope of emerging victorious.