London : The ICC Champions Trophy came to an end with Pakistan lifting the trophy by beating India by highest margin ever in a ICC final. Pakistan beat India by 180 runs .
India has won the toss and choose to field, but that was a splendid batting performance by Pakistan . Fakhar Zaman’s remarkable hundred and good partnership between the wickets and set a target of 338 for 50 overs. India having such a terrific bating line up could not stand a chance in front of Pakistani bowlers. Mohammad Amirs immense new ball spell helped Pakistan clinch the victory easily.
Sarfraz Ahmed thanks the Almighty for winning the tournament. Reckons that after losing the first game against India, he told his boys that the tournament is not over yet. Mentions that they responded really well. Credits Fakhar Zaman for the way he played in his first ICC tournament. Informs that his bowlers bowled really well and applauds all his bowlers for bowling terrifically. Adds that credit goes to everyone in his team for giving their all in the field. Adds that no one recognized Pakistan in world cricket but now people will as they have been crowned Champions. Ends by thanking his supporters for being with them throughout.
Virat Kohli congratulates Pakistan cricket team and their fans. Mentions that they turned things around superbly and they can beat anyone on their day. Informs that he has a smile on his face because of his team’s performance in this tournament and he is proud of them. Adds that they were more intense and passionate and outplayed us. With the ball, he says they had a few wicket-taking opportunities but couldn’t make it count. Applauds Hardik Pandya’s knock. On that wicket of Zaman off the no ball from Bumrah, he says that small margins can be massive in cricket and they have to learn from their mistakes and move on. On the pitch, he mentions that it was consistent throughout. Ends by saying that they backed their strength but they just weren’t good on the day and have to get their act back together.
This ends the proceedings of the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017. It was an amazing tournament with top 8 teams of the world pitted against each other. It had all the twists and turns and beating all the odds, Pakistan became the newly crowned champions.