Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

Having lost its first match against long-standing rival India by 124 runs, Pakistan completed an extraordinary turnaround to reach the final, where they beat the same opponents by 180 runs.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winners Pakistan have four players in the selected line-up, with Fakhar Zaman, who scored a match-winning 114 in the final, chosen to open the batting with India's Shikhar Dhawan. They go and fight in the ring for us.

For a country that has not played global cricket at home against any top cricketing nation, the Champions Trophy triumph was necessary to "identify their heroes", feels Pakistan's chief coach Mickey Arthur.

When he was only 16, Fakhar Zaman left his hometown in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to join the Pakistan navy.

Pakistan celebrates at ICC Champions Trophy Final, The Kia Oval, London, June 18.

The 28-year-old skipper partially blamed pacer Jasprit Bumrah's no-ball which gave opener and century-maker Fakhar Zaman - who was on three at that time - a life which helped Pakistan post a massive total.

All the boys were confident and they contributed for the superb victory, he said and added that each one of them played for the team not for themselves individually.

"Pakistan champion, rolled over Indian team", leading Urdu language Daily Jang printed across its front page.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four. I said, 'How do you do it?' but he has natural talent. "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

Afridi said the celebration of yesterday's win in Pakistan was similar to the "unbridled joy" that the country's fans felt after the team's 1992 World Cup triumph and 2009 World T20 title win.

From the get go, Pakistan played an aggressive style of cricket which hadn't been seen since the mid-90s.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off. "We need to move forward and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

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Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali, adjudged best player of the elite tournament with 13 wickets, surged 12 places up to be on the seventh.