Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of Pakistan HWL clash

Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of Pakistan HWL clash

Pakistan on Sunday (June 18) dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. "They have proven it", he said.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been rewarded for leading his side to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 triumph on Sunday, after being named to lead the Team of the tournament announced by the world body.

"It's a great team effort". Many Indian fans are now tweeting congratulatory messages for the winning team but also showering the Indian team with love.

"The way we showed character, this is for the nation. I'm so happy for the nation of Pakistan who have been waiting for this for a long time".

Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a century by opener Fakhar Zaman to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs.

Pakistan batsman, and century maker in the Champions Trophy final, Fakhar Zaman, revealed that he nearly didn't play in the showpiece game against India after feeling ill the day before the game.

"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets - and I did it", said Amir.

Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win with 19.3 overs to spare.

As I said, you can do little to control when people are going well like that, and we certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn t have anything going our way in that partnership (Zaman-Azhar).

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

India's next major one-day challenge will come in the 2019 World Cup back in England.

"That was an aberration".

"It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive", said Afridi in a column for ICC. Amir's arrangement means he will play County Championship fixtures for the current Division One leaders, as well as NatWest T20 Blast matches.

The ICC side was selected by a panel that included former captains Michael Atherton (England), Sourav Ganguly (India) and Ramiz Raja (Pakistan) as well as the Editor of Wisden Lawrence Booth, and AFP cricket reporter Julian Guyer, with the ICC's general manager of cricket, Geoff Allardice, the chairman. This is the least we could do, " said Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez. The way they turned things around, it was wonderful. They were more intense and passionate on the day.

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