Sarfraz Ahmed named captain of Champions Trophy team of tournament

Hasan Ali with the Golden Ball trophy
Hasan Ali with the Golden Ball trophy

20 June, 2017

Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq stated that there were fireworks all around after Pakistan beat India in the final match. Opener Fakhar Zaman, playing only his fourth One Day International, mixed fearlessness with sensibility and smashed 114 from just 106 balls to help his team post a mammoth 338 on board.

Hassan Ali departs as the tournament's leading wicket-taker, having improved his worldwide stock in the process.

"The joyous scenes reminded me of our World T20 win in 2009 where I was lucky to play a match-winning role for my team in the semi-final and final", he wrote.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord s, was superb.

"At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021".

He added, "Unbelievable moment and keep supporting again Pakistan". [Fakhar innings?] He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan. The boys were really motivated today.

Sarfraz was chosen as the captain following his inspirational leadership during the 18-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team's 180-run victory over India in front of a full house.

"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets-and I did it", he said.

Kohli accepted his side had been second best as he acknowledged Pakistan s "amazing tournament".

"I am confident that Pakistan cricket is back on track and we will see this team reach some incredible highs in the years to come, especially if the team continues to play with the kind of passion and commitment displayed in this tournament", he added.

Pakistan has a history of producing wonderfully skilled bowlers. In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey on Monday (June 19) called Pakistan destiny's child after the green brigade defeated India in the Champions Trophy final at Kennington Oval here.

Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja.

Fakhar, the man-of-the-match, shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59).

Hafeez made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, which included four boundaries and three sixes, while Wasim remained undefeated on 25 off 21 deliveries, which included a boundary and a six.

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