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Pakistan head coach Micky Arthur praised his side's resolve after they recovered from that 124-run hammering by India at Edgbaston to win effectively four knockout matches in succession.
Pakistan pacer Hassan Ali, who was named Player of the Tournament after finishing with 13 wickets including hauls of 3/19 in the final and 3/35 against England, has gained 12 positions to reach the No.7 position. Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well. It was after Ali's dismissal in the 23rd over, for a 71-balll 59 - via a run out, that Zaman - playing his fourth global innings, switched gears and set Pakistan on course for a sizable total.
Although Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching when Azhar was run out, the left-hander swiftly made amends, adopting a particularly aggressive approach against spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as he dashed from 50 to 100 in just 32 balls.
Fakhar Zaman, the little-known left-hander who made his debut in their second game, lit up a showpiece match with 114 from 106 balls.
But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.
His transformation into a hero was complete as his final tally was six overs, two maidens, 16 runs and three wickets. In-form Shikhar Dhawan, who was the top scorer in the tournament with 317 runs, also fell to Amir at 21 when he was caught behind in the 9th over.
And the captain credited his men for the strong comeback.
And while a hugely powerful India line up still fancied their chances on a decent wicket, their confidence was left in ruins after a thrilling burst from Amir to rip the guts from the response. Pandya (76 off 43 balls) was dealing in boundaries at that point, having already hammered six sixes and four fours. Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15 shortly afterwards.
It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns.
"The whole group kept believing". After the India game, we came back superbly.
Back home, streets were deserted in the federal capital Islamabad and Rawalpindi - and in big cities across the country - as fans watched Pakistan thrash defending champion India by 180 runs at The Oval. I got to one final with Pakistan and eventually got a medal!
Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of worldwide cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankateam bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds. "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an awesome tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".
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