Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain, believes his team’s title triumph against arch rivals India in the Champions Trophy will help bring back international cricket back home. The Green Shirts defeated India in the final by 180 runs to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title.
“I think this is a great achievement for me, my team and my country. Hopefully, this win, everyone will remember not [just] today or tomorrow, but for a very long time.When we arrived here, we were ranked 8th, and now, we are the champions. So, hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all [cricket] playing nations will come to Pakistan,” the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying.
At his post-match conference, the 30-year-old also hailed his young team’s efforts through the tournament. Also Read- ICC Champions Trophy: Played like we had nothing to lose, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed
“The credit goes to my boys; they’re learning very well and they work hard.When superstars play, it is easier to guide them during a match because they don’t need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations. But these youngsters are remarkable and highly committed,” he added.
Specifically pointing out the performance of Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali, Sarfraz said he was quite glad with the way they performed in the tournament and guided Pakistan to victory. Also Read- Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali wins Player of Tournament
“Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team. All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard,” the Pakistan captain said.
“A lot of people had vibes that we might not be able to defeat India, that their batting is too strong for us to handle. However, our batting and bowling were up to the task today,” he concluded.
With inputs from ANI