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Champions Trophy victory lifts Pakistan to number six in ODI ranking

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan’s team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India.India captain Virat Kohli defended his decision to bowl on a flat track and said a lucky reprieve for centurion Fakhar Zaman proved to be a costly one in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan here on Sunday. “Twenty-five extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that’s something that we certainly need to take care of in the future”.”I have no regrets in playing the combination that we played today, and we have stuck to the same ever since we lost to Sri Lanka”.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.World Cup winning captain Imran Khan says the current Pakistan team has the potential to become a force in worldwide cricket even as he lamented the country lacks system to polish raw talent. It was formalities for Pakistan after that and they clinched the win by bowling out India for 158 in the 31st over. Mohammad Amir, who missed the semifinal due to a back spasm but picked three for 16 in the final, has gained 16 slots to reach 21st place while Junaid Khan has moved up nine places to 47th position.Harmanpreet Singh fired home the first goal for India with a double from Talwinder Singh taking the score to 3-0 at half time. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the only Indians who made the XI.Elated skipper Sarfraz Ahmed added: “After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn’t finished yet”.”I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an awesome tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions”, said Sarfraz. We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly. “But I am happier and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way to the side”.”The whole group kept believing”.”Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase”. Messages like “Win or Loss, We’re with You”, “We still love our Indian players”, “you were sublime throughout the tournament, this was just one off day” etc. were flooded on internet.