Pakistan celebrate big win over formidable India

Team India skipper Virat Kohli defended Hardik Pandya when quizzed about his unfortunate dismissal in the final against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Pakistan have received further reward for their unlikely Champions Trophy triumph after the International Cricket Council confirmed they'd risen two spots on the one-day international team rankings on Monday.

Playing down the defeat in the final, Kohli said the team can leave United Kingdom with their heads held high for their consistent performances through out the tournament. "All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard", the Pakistan captain said.

The former all-rounder asserted that the victory will remain in the hearts of the Pakistani fans for long and that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side deserve to celebrate well beyond the Eid festival next week as the players richly deserve their victory.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that he was manhandled, pushed and shoved by a small group of supporters at The Oval post India, Pakistan match.

Following are five key moments that helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy for the first time with a crushing 180-run victory over holders India at The Oval in London on Sunday.

"So we just had to keep believing and keep them trusting the techniques and keep them trusting their game plan and keep them trusting their roles, and that's why I'm incredibly proud of that dressing room because they did that".

Just as it seemed Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh might stitch up a much-needed partnership, Dhawan got dismissed - yet again by Amir, who magically conjured up some assistance from the pitch.

Waqar said the victory will help serve the cause of cricket at home where worldwide cricket is not being played for many years.

India's loss in the final of the Champions Trophy was a disappointment, but it was no disaster.

"Amir was the guy that could do that for us", said Arthur.

"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions", said the 30-year-old gloveman.

Pakistan cricket is often termed mercurial however their four back to back wins have proved that they can be consistent performers too. Some of the images of the thrilling quarterfinal between India and Pakistan, a teary-eyed Vinod Kambli leaving the field after the India-Sri Lanka semi-final got disrupted by an unruly crowd in Calcutta et al are still fresh in my mind.

  • Zachary Reyes