Michael Hussey calls Pakistan destiny's child after CT triumph

Michael Hussey calls Pakistan destiny's child after CT triumph

The team was ranked at a lowly No 8 in One Day Internationals and had already been defeated by India in an earlier game in the tournament.

There were no other changes in the teams standings led by South Africa, although runners-up India, England and Bangladesh have all lost a point each. "All credit goes to my bowlers, Muhammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, they bowled really well".

"We were in the knockout stage but no one gave us a chance".

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.

Since the departure of captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan from the 50-over format in 2015, Pakistan slumped to ninth in ODI rankings and barely managed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, contested by the top eight sides in the rankings.

He shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59), the pair unleashing a barrage of crisp attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground. And not only for the players but also for the fans, who have not been able to identify with their heroes, because they just don't get to watch worldwide cricket at home. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who claimed seven dismissals for India, was also named. They entered the tournament as the lowest ranked team.

"We just had to keep believing ... they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the gameplan that "Saffy" (Sarfraz) and I had set up".

Champions Trophy: Pakistan stuns India to win tournament as lowest-ranked team
India's bowlers have been hugely effective, taking wickets in the middle overs to strangle opponents. To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M.

"It's a very important boost for us to win this". "But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side".

As for India's defeat, he said: "We can (still) be very proud. and we leave here with our heads held high".

Heading into the Champions Trophy tournament, I had zero expectations from the side.

"The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been a fairy tale journey for the Pakistan cricket team".

Cricket fans should be able to see more of Amir during the second half of the summer, as he is due to take up a deal with Essex.

"We've got a group of young players who are fantastic". Fakhar (Zaman) played like he does in domestic cricket.

Afridi said that the current team can develop into one of the top three teams in the world by the 2019 World Cup. We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. They've got the ability to go on but they need to learn to play on all surfaces.

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