Pakistan Wins Its Maiden ICC Champions Trophy Title

The Pakistan cricket team celebrates its Champions Trophy triumph.

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

Pakistan completed an incredible run from No. 8 in the ICC ODI rankings to win its maiden ICC Champions Trophy title, with an 180-run annihilation of India at The Oval in London on Sunday night. Pakistan had started disastrously when it suffered a 124-run thrashing at the hands of India, before it bounced back to defeat South Africa by 19 runs, Sri Lanka by three wickets and England in the semi-final by eight wickets.

India, losing finalists of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, have three players in the eleven picked by a jury which included three former national skippers, Sourav Ganguly, England's Mike Atherton and Rameez Raja of Pakistan. "You will have failures, and one team has to lose on the day, and today was our day to lose because the opposition played much better than us".

The most recent global success for Pakistan in one-day cricket before Sunday was the 1992 World Cup win in Australia and New Zealand, when another unfancied side, led by talismanic all-rounder Imran Khan, beat England in the final in Melbourne. For them, and for millions of people across Pakistan, the taste of victory was sweet.

Some Kashmiris came out of their homes and celebrated Pakistan's victory by bursting crackers and dancing on the streets.

Mohammad Amir, who had been unlucky ever since his return to global cricket, finally had the performance the entire nation had been waiting for.

Dhawan and Hasan had won the Golden Bat and Golden Ball trophies respectively for finishing as the most successful batsman and bowler. "We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didnt show any resistance apart from Hardik, whos knock was outstanding", he said. "We have to swallow the bitter pill and having known Virat for a long time, I can tell you he will pencil down India's weak points and then build the future team". "The youngsters are good; they're very committed", he said. Mohammad Hafeez remained unbeaten on 57. "When a guy like Azhar Ali, who is a conventional batsman, plays his shots, you can still have a plan". When asked past year about not being picked for Pakistan despite scoring runs, he told Espncricinfo: "My number will come".

Amir was one of three Pakistan players involved in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, which took place during the Lord's Test against England.