Pakistan thrash India to win Champions Trophy


For his consistent performance over the week and leading Pakistan to their maiden ICC Champions Trophy triumph, Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is the Cricket World Player of the Week. "They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day". The way we showed character, this is for the nation.

India lost to Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy final by a huge margin and it has been in the news, over the internet in the past few days.

"It's never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded", said Richardson. The ICC are keen on the latter competition as it generates more income and involves associate teams. For Indian fans, the game ended in disaster: Pakistan put on display a top-notch performance, winning by 180 runs.

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment.

"First of all I would like to thank God, I think this is a big victory for the whole Pakistani public", he told reporters".

"Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes".

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Hasan Ali picked up the award for man of the tournament with his 13 wickets, including three in India's collapse, and the victory was cathartic for Amir in particular after he spent five years banned from the sport for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord's.

Pakistan have been starved of global cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public. We now have two years to identify a squad we want to take forward and give them enough game time.

"They [Pakistan] had an wonderful tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have". When we arrived here, we just played like we have nothing to lose.

Zaman was adjudged the Man of the Match while Hasan Ali was declared the Player of the Tournament.

"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember - not today, not tomorrow, but for a very long, long time", said Sarfraz, the wicketkeeper who held the final catch that sparked wild celebrations.

Pakistan leapfrogged Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to move closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, for which host England and the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September will get straight entries. But we are sure it was just a hiccup as Indian cricket team is in safe hands of Virat Kohli and its future is as bright as yours.