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Sarfaraz hopeful Champions Trophy victory will rejuvenate worldwide cricket in Pakistan

20 June 2017, 04:52 | Pamela Mathis

Wicket-keeper/batsman Sarfraz was one of four Pakistan players in the team of the tournament, along with opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who made a brilliant hundred in the final, and pace bowlers Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan.

A section of Indian cricket fans reacted to Pakistan's convincing victory over India in the final of the Champions Trophy on Sunday by smashing television sets in protest but the Indian captain was sporting in defeat, congratulating the Pakistani side for its performance and acknowledging that the Indian team would have to learn from its mistakes and move on. We wanted to be a lot more consistent.

Afridi singled out Zaman for high praise.

"I don't think there was any home advantage".

"I think the pitch was very good".

After their comfortable win against Zimbabwe, Pakistan were shot out for 74 and just when England looked to canter to a facile win, rain spoiled play and points were shared.

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Inzamam (60 off 37 balls) joined hands with Miandad (57 not out) to engineer a 87-run stand for the fifth wicket to stem the rot, while Zaman showed no big-game nerves to notch up a 58-ball 57 which eventually helped Pakistan sail through to the final easily. "We have to identify the players we want to take forward", he added.

Shakib Al Hasan (June 15) is extremely unhappy at the way Bangladesh batted against Kedar Jadhav and India in the second semi-final. Credit goes to my boys. "These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here". With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. Of course, when you're playing at home, you'd like to think conditions are going to be slightly favourable to you. We came here as a number eight ranked team and won the tournament.

Joe Root (June 16) refuses to use the Cardiff pitch as an excuse for England's unexpected loss in the semi-final to Pakistan. Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favorites India with the title up for grabs. "I said to him, "I can't play tomorrow, ' but he gave me protein and glucose tablets and said 'You will play tomorrow".

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide 100 laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4. I dedicate this win to the people of Pakistan.

"But I was the most relieved man after he got out the next ball".

Gaining sweet revenge over India, Pakistan thrashed their rivals by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time.

"When we arrived here we were ranked 8th, and now we are the champions". Hopefully this will boost Pakistan cricket. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket".



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