Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Virat Kohli
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:59
Pakistan Army has mocked India while celebrating their country's comprehensive victory in the ICC Champions Trophy final by sharing photos of celebrations in restive Balochistan with a caption "To whom it may concern'". He smashed 50 runs off 32 balls and was later run out.
A wild swipe at Pandya eventually brought an end to Fakhar's thrilling 106-ball knock, but Babar and Hafeez built on the fine platform that had been set, the latter hitting three sixes in a wonderful late cameo.
"As a bowler and as a captain when that is happening. sometimes you have to sit and say "the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything".
That team could find themselves acting as a "path-finder" for the resumption of tours of Pakistan by major cricket nations.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet". Their head coach, Mickey Arthur, hoped this performance would lift the country.
Players begin to return separately to their hometowns after unavailability of tickets barred them from boarding a flight together. "So, to watch some of these really stellar performances, handsome performances, by some of these young cricket stars, who have been unheard of before this tournament - to watch them mature throughout the games, and to watch the team peak at just the right moment, to bring home the trophy, was like a dream come true for all of us". "Hopefully all nations will come to play in Pakistan [again]".
All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.
"I do know that when the game is on the line and the bigger the game, the more he performs, the more pumped up he gets, so he doesn't shy away from pressure situations. He has proper big-match temperament and he showed that on the biggest stage".
And those nerves nearly made him pay as he prodded at a Jasprit Bumrah delivery that was caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps only for Zaman to be called back as the bowler had overstepped.
Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win". We tried our level best but we just couldn't make things happen. "But personally, yes, it does feel bad". "We have not hosted any global team for the last 8 or 9 years, Pakistani players are barred from playing in the IPL (Indian Premier League), but I'm sure with this victory our players will get more opportunities". The younger players that have come into the set-up have been fantastic, and they've played brand of cricket that we want to play.