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Title victory gives new identity to Pak cricket: former captains

Virat Kohli along with three Indians were named in the ICC Team of the Champions Trophy 2017, with Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed named its captain, a day after his side lifted the coveted title at the Kennington Oval.Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338/4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59. On Sunday, Pakistan dominated the defending champions in all the aspects of the game and inflicted a crushing 180-run defeat on India.He shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59), the pair unleashing a barrage of crisp attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground.Opening batsman Zaman struck 114 off 106 balls to receive the man of the match award as Pakistan thumped their rivals to claim their first Champions Trophy title.”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”, said Sarfraz in a statement. I am one of his best mates and we really wanted him in the team.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.”I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan”, said Sarfraz. The raw talent in Pakistan’s domestic circuit rubbed shoulders with national and global biggies, and some of them even made a name for themselves.Former captain appreciated 18-year-old Shahdaab’s confidence level, adding that his insistence on taking review for Leg Before Wicket (LBW) was the result of his confidence. “It shows that the top teams in the world are very close and anyone can be beaten on a given day”, he added.His partnerships at the top of the order with Rohit Sharma (who was the second highest run-getter in the tournament) played a big part in India’s run to the final.”In the end. you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition”.”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“.But after the victims were remembered with a minute’s silence by a capacity crowd, fans at The Oval were soon engrossed by an extraordinary match.