Amir, Fakhar lead Pakistan to Champions Trophy triumph

I got to one final with Pakistan and eventually got a medal.Pakistan used their maiden ICC Champions Trophy win to make a politically sensitive statement on Sunday.Sarfraz Ahmed, the man who has quickly turned an under-achieving bunch of players into a winning unit, hailed his boys for the tremendous victory.Amir finished with three for 16 in six overs and Hasan Ali, who kick-started Pakistan’s revival in their group-win over top-ranked South Africa, ended the match when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.The key, Kohli says, is to avoid negativity and distractions on social media where he has a fanbase of 65.6 million people across his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. That is something that we need to keep a check on. Sarfraz hailed his young players. After years of trying to dissuade their son from his addiction with cricket, which impacted his academics greatly, his father Faqir Gul had decided that that was the best move for his son.”To be able to maintain that balance nicely has been a good thing for me”. We understand that – for we have been there too.For once Virat Kohli was not the brash and aggressive captain that he has been known to be. But for a guy like Zaman, it becomes really hard to stop players like him, because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high- risk and they were all coming off.”Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman”. Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments. “They can upset anyone on their day”, Kohli said after the match.”We showed great character”.But the run-out Pakistan’s openers had threatened arrived when Fakhar’s failure to respond to Azhar’s call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance.”It’s tough to describe this feeling in words”.”He’s very competitive – which I like – and I enjoy him as captain”. Mickey Arthur, meanwhile, reminded his team that a bigger challenge – World Cup 2019 – awaits them. Without such moments of incompetence in what was otherwise a spectacular allround performance, there is no chance we could plausibly accept that this is the same side that lost their opening match to India by 124 runs. He added: “It is sad that we have not been playing at home for eight years”. Two spinners together did a good job for us. We’ve got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. This time it was India that failed to turn up for a game of cricket.India lost their lengths, forgot their plans and with R Ashwin bowling like he has done for a long while in coloured clothing – rubbish – the two Pakistan openers were able to get the run-scoring going easily.