Pakistan crush India by 180 runs to lift Champions Trophy

Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash.

"You can't take anyone lightly, we never take anyone lightly, we gave it our best shot but they were just more intense and more passionate on the day". "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage.

On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik and Azhar Ali will stay in the United Kingdom for a few days. With a 10-team World Cup we're hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole.

Sarfraz held up the trophy to loud cheers and chants of "Long live Sarfraz!" as a police band played patriotic songs nearby.

Yet few would have expected them to dish out a 180-run hammering to India in Sunday's final at The Oval, leaving head coach Arthur to express his amazement at the scale of their revival.

"It has been an up and down ride".

Only Hardik Panya put together a significant innings for India with 76 off of 43 balls, but after the top three combined for only 26 - including Sharma's first-over duck - India would need far more to make the game competitive. We just weren't good enough on the day.

"What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens", Richardson told reporters via telephone on the eve of the ICC's annual conference in London. "It has been a remarkable achievement", said Arthur.

Pakistan leapfrogged Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to move closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, for which host England and the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September will get straight entries.

"I must also appreciate young Shadab Khan, who proved his worth, as the way he forced Sarfraz to take review of Youvraj was speaking volumes about his confidence levels as I don't think even a senior player could have argued with captain and literally forced him to pay heed to his request. It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward", he added.

  • Julie Sanders