Mohammad Hafeez: Champions Trophy triumph is for all of Pakistan
20 June, 2017, 11:42 | Author: Valerie Burke
Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.
He added: "The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for the television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give more opportunities to more teams".
In the past, we have witnessed incidents where some fans bashed our players on social media, some even hurled stones at the houses of Indian cricketers, some abused the family members of cricketers blaming them whenever Indian team lost major matches.
"The stars aligned for Pakistan on a bright Sunday in South London when they cut their old rivals down to size to win their maiden Champions Trophy crown", The News said.
India captain Virat Kohli, who was one of three batsmen dismissed in a devastating opening spell from Mohammad Amir, accepted his side had been a distant second best.
"I think great things went for me and my team and my country", Sarfraz told reporters after a win made all the more astounding by the fact Pakistan had suffered a 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the only Indians who made the XI.
"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", remarked Sarfraz.
The Telegraphalso played the hockey win big, though it was also acknowledged Pakistan's win. Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15 shortly afterwards.
He said: "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys".
"The problem is that we don't have the system to polish this young and raw talent properly and professionally".
"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the ideal icing on the cake", remarked Sarfraz. "All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard", the Pakistan captain said.
"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase".
"The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India".
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