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

19 Junio 2017, 09:15 | Gerardo Tarin

Emotions ran high after Pakistan demolished arch-rivals India to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday.

"It's a great team effort". Whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after.

"We showed great character".

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after he aggregated 252 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 113, following scores of 31 against South Africa, 50 against Sri Lanka, 57 against England in the semi-final and 114 against India in the final.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the semifinals because of a back spasm.

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

"Its bowling attack was brilliant with Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan contributing well throughout the tournament but the emergence of a couple of newer players in Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman, who scored a brilliant century in the final, is exciting for the future for Pakistan".

The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites.

Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash.

Considering it was only the 27-year-old's fourth ODI, having been plucked from Pakistan league cricket by coach Mickey Arthur after impresssing at a talent spotting camp in Lahore earlier this year, it has been a rise as stunning as it seemed unlikely.

"That was an aberration". With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. It's disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we've played in this tournament.

"Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team".

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years. The last time Pakistan beat India was in 2009 ─ also during a Champions Trophy match. Still, he admitted, "the way they turned it around was unbelievable". You talk about our players not playing at home but also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see global cricket.

"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".

"It's the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games".



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