Shahid Afridi: Pakistan needs to be consistent and continue the winning ways

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he hoped his side’s stunning 180-run Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India would be a catalyst for the full return of worldwide cricket to his homeland.But on Sunday, Pakistan beat India convincingly to lift the Champions Trophy title in London, resulting in heartbreak for Indian fans.And Richardson admitted that there should be some differentiation in global events and, therefore, the 2021 Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in India, is not guaranteed to go ahead, the Dawn reported. “Team Pakistan! Welcome back after such a tremendous victory” were emblazoned on banners erected at Allama Iqbal International Airport, along with a picture of the team carrying the trophy. With a 10-team World Cup we’re hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole.This time around, Sarfraz he met his special fan – Fawad Ahmed- who was brought by his parents to his residence in wheel chair.According to a newspaper, Afridi admitted that even he didn’t have any idea that Pakistan would reach the final and win it.”They made us make those mistakes with the way they were bowling, creating that pressure”, he said.”It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final”, Kohli said. His teammate Junaid Khan too was among the best bowlers.In reply, India were bowled out for 158 in 30.3 overs and claimed their maiden Champions Trophy after beating India by 180 runs.With Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman also coming of age, Pakistan’s batting lineup appears to have the right blend of youth and experience, boosted by the solidity of former captains Azhar, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.Afridi also exuded confidence that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led young brigade can become one of the top three teams in the world if they continue to produce such performances consistently.In his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, the swashbuckling all-rounder cautioned other cricketing nations to not take the Green Brigade lightly as on their day they have the potential to outshine any good side.”Then we kept losing wickets”.