Pakistan Wins Its Maiden ICC Champions Trophy Title

The news made it to the front pages of many Kashmiri newspapers as the Valley residents read while sipping their early morning tea.

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

In the southern port city of Karachi, fans decorated the entire street and house of captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who arrived with fast bowler Ruman Raees at 4.45am. with the trophy that Pakistan had won for the first time. Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favorites India with the title up for grabs.

Leading up to today, we all knew the stats. They also needed victories like this for them as a team.

Naturally, the newspapers of Pakistan went on the celebration mode.

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.

"But if there is one thing you can say about the Pakistan cricket team, it is that it exists to confound everyone".

Afridi also exuded confidence that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led young brigade can become one of the top three teams in the world if they continue to produce such performances consistently. We're happy with the brand of cricket we're playing.

The future of the tournament is at risk as the ICC prepares to hold its annual conference in London on the back of a successful eighth edition, won by Pakistan after a final against India with an estimated viewing audience in the hundreds of millions.

Most of the so called analysts did not give Pakistan any chance to progress in this tournament; nevertheless, the greens had other plans!

But for someone, who is a different beast with the red ball, Ashwin is not bowling enough wicket-taking deliveries.

Babar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment. You can't really do much as a spinner because you're making them play where you want to play, but still, they are executing those shots. "They've shown better composure in pressure situations than you", he said stating that defeats will be part of the game the way the wins are. We have to keep this momentum going.

  • Julie Sanders