Champions Trophy triumph is a massive boost for Pakistan cricket, says Arthur

Faith Castro
June 21, 2017

The bowlers then produced a superb spell as they reduced the much-vaunted India batting line-up to just 158 all out to win by a massive margin of 180 runs.

Instead, those who gathered at the religious centre in Rawalpindi delayed the food in order to watch Pakistan's historic win over India at the Champions Trophy on a giant TV screen.

The most recent global success for Pakistan in one-day cricket before Sunday was the 1992 World Cup win in Australia and New Zealand, when another unfancied side, led by talismanic all-rounder Imran Khan, beat England in the final in Melbourne.

"We're scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games", he said.

"Today's win shows that no one is favourite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in worldwide cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi.

"Shoaib Malik gave an inspirational talk at the meeting and he said things about our proud cricket history that really hit us".

"Both counries love cricket and they should play more because it will only help them".

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When Hardik Pandya was going after the Pakistan bowlers, there came a moment when the team must have fancied their chances but the chance got lost in a tragic mix-up between Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. The boys were really motivated today.

"I was lucky with the no ball", he said. "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", he added.

"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". We have got enough points and now we do not have to go through qualifying, we want to work hard from here.

The pictures were apparently in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech previous year in which he had raised the issue Pakistan's atrocities on people of Baluchistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Pakistan held India to just 79 all-out in that one, on their way to an eight-wicket win.

Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali, adjudged best player of the elite tournament with 13 wickets, surged 12 places up to be on the seventh.

Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been on a downward spiral in one-day cricket but India skipper Virat Kohli feels it's unfair to be critical of him given the challenges of bowling on flat decks in the format.

Through this victory, I would like to appeal to the other teams that please come and play in Pakistan. Before the press conference began, Pakistan media manager announced that Sarfraz will make a statement.

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