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Tamim in ICC Champions Trophy team

With very little exposure to playing in lucrative Twenty20 league across the world and lack of global cricket at home, the Champions Trophy win on Sunday was a remarkable feat for the young Pakistan side.”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 flawless icing on the cake”, remarked Sarfraz.Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India’s bowlers looked nervous. While 22 players battle it out on the pitch, there’s hardly anything that helps calm the fans; both raring to go at each other at every instant.”Then we kept losing wickets”.Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan’s adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.Pakistan beat India by 180 runs at the Oval, bowling their opponents out for 158 in pursuit of their first innings score of 338.In the past, we have witnessed incidents where some fans bashed our players on social media, some even hurled stones at the houses of Indian cricketers, some abused the family members of cricketers blaming them whenever Indian team lost major matches.Zaheer praised skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for taking wise decisions at the right time which brought Pakistan to victory in the Champions Trophy.”It’s been an up and down ride for us but I’m just so proud of the boys”, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told Sky Sports.A near flawless performance in the field from Pakistan saw India fall a full 180 runs short of their target as they offered little resistance to the Pakistan attack. “You will have failures, and one team has to lose on the day, and today was our day to lose because the opposition played much better than us”.”It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final”, Kohli said.”We certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn’t have anything going our way in that partnership”. “I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an fantastic tournament”. Players like Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman were playing their first tournament and showed us that what they are capable of.The four Pakistanis included left-handed opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, pace duo of Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali besides Sarfraz, who also doubles up as the wicketkeeper.”It says a lot about his personality”, Arthur said.