Pakistan Can Upset Any Team on Their Day: Kohli

Credit to Pakistan. They outplayed us. Fakhar and Azhar Ali fought through a torrid start, especially the southpaw, who survived after nicking a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball through to MS Dhoni.

Hundreds of fans stayed up late to welcome home members of the national cricket team returning after their historic win against arch-rivals India at London's Oval Ground.

Led by Fakhar Zaman's aggressive 114 off 106 balls, Pakistan scored 338-4 at The Oval in London after India won the toss and surprisingly opted to field first.

Meanwhile, there was a sombre mood among India fans - in Delhi some of them left screenings of the match early after screaming anti-Pakistan slogans, despite the team being praised for being gracious in defeat.

The former captains were of the view that success in the Champions trophy widely speaks about the rise of cricket in Pakistan despite the fact that foreign teams are not visiting the country for nearly one decade. In reply, India were bowled out for 158 in 30.3 overs and claimed their maiden Champions Trophy after beating India by 180 runs.

India have never lost to Pakistan in the final - or a knockout game - of a major ICC tournament. "We didn't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day", Kohli said.

If India are to emerge victorious on Sunday, it would be like the 1985 Benson & Hedges Cup in Australia, where they first defeated Pakistan in the group stages and then upended them again in the final.

Ahmed's squad overcame a awful start in the event - beaten by 124 runs in the first group match by India - to beat South Africa, Sri Lanka and England on the way to the championship match.

The Indian skipper, in the post-match press conference, said that Pakistan played really good cricket and deserved to win.

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

Chasing 339 was never going to be easy despite the pedigree of the Indian batting line-up.

Amir is likely to be fit for the final, but even without him the green brigade have looked sharp in the bowling department, which has always been Pakistan's strength over the years.

"Pakistan hockey team has not come up to the expectations", he said.

"Papa, I've been shot", were the last words of a 15-year-old Syed Hussain Raza Zaidi who died after being struck by a stray bullet from aerial firing as frenzied celebrations took place Sunday after the cricket team's Champions Trophy triumph. I hope you enjoyed reading my views as much as I enjoyed penning them.

  • Joanne Flowers