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Pakistan cricket back on track with Champions Trophy win: Afridi

Nellie Chapman | 20 June, 2017, 02:16

The flamboyant cricketer, nicknamed 'Boom Boom, further insisted that just like the 1992 World Cup win gave Pakistan a new generation of match winners, this Champions Trophy victory will also put the country's cricket back on track.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes his side's crushing victory over India in the Champions Trophy final would serve as a catalyst to bring back global cricket back home.

He is sure that Virat Kohli's team will make a thumping comeback but feels that it is unfortunate that his nation wasn't able to defend the title.

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

According to Sportskeeda, Kohli said he was more than satisfied with Hardik Pandya's performance throughout the Champions Trophy.

Wicket-keeper/batsman Sarfraz was one of four Pakistan players in the team of the tournament, along with opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who made a brilliant hundred in the final, and pace bowlers Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan.

"These two lads, plus (leg-spinner) Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here". 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.

Pakistan beat three of the four top-ranked sides in the world en route to lifting their maiden Champions Trophy title this year.

Former South African captain Graeme Smith commended Pakistan's batting performance in their 180-run win over India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The night ended on a sombre mood for Indian sports fans with majority of the people disheartened after the cricket team's loss but they still had something to cheer for in the hockey team's victory.

"It says a lot about his personality. but what I do know is that Mohammad Amir is a big-match player".

"We've got a group of young players who are fantastic".

This transformation of the team actually took more than two years and there are many reasons for it.

Arthur said on Sunday: "It's been an up and down ride for us, but so proud of the boys. We all know their struggles of not getting any global cricket back home", Gilchrist told reporters in New Delhi.