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Kashmir celebrates Pakistan's win in Champions Trophy

Kashmir celebrates Pakistan's win in Champions Trophy

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said being named skipper of the International Cricket Council's team of the Champions Trophy was the "perfect icing on the cake" of his side's stunning title triumph.

The Pakistan team enjoyed a remarkable turnaround after widespread criticism followed a 124-run drubbing by India in the opening group match.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4.

His brothers, Naveed and Ejaz said Amir's brilliant spell against India in the Champions Trophy final and the celebrations that have followed all over Pakistan have eased a big burden off them."Our family village, Changa Bungial is near Gujjar Khan near Rawalpindi and after the spot-fixing scandal happened, we were so ashamed and felt bad about facing people", Naveed said.

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"But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side".

In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

Hassan was selected as the Player of the Tournament by a five-person selection panel that comprised Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager - Cricket, and Chairman Event Technical Committee), former captains Michael Atherton of England, India's Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan, as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack, and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (correspondent of the Agence France-Presse). Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the only Indians who made the XI.

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today". Getting hit on the face, I don't know how those guys do it from the penalty corner. "I took my time to begin with, you look at the wicket, and then play your natural game". Hardik Pandya came to bat at five down and his 76 runs from 43 balls nearly brought the Indian team back into the game.

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Amir's deliveries to dismiss Sharma and Kohli were nothing short of pure magic, he toyed with the very best in the world before snaring Dhawan just when he started to launch a counter attack. They need victories like these.

The joyous scenes reminded me of our World T20 win in 2009 where I was lucky to play a match-winning role for my team in the semi-final and final.

Pakistan had arrived in Britain for the eight-team, one-day worldwide tournament as the lowest-ranked side.

Pakistan still went into the final as huge underdogs against an Indian team who had beaten them in eight of their 10 previous meetings in the World Cup and Champions Trophy. 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. "The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give opportunities to more teams".

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