Million of Indian hearts were broken last night after the crushing loss the Indian cricket team had faced against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final. Twitter was filled with appreciation for the Indian cricket team captain, and Pak fans made sure that they overshadowed the hate Indians were spreading.
Pakistan on Monday jumped two places to sixth in the ICC ODI team rankings following their title triumph at the Champions Trophy while the finalists India remained at number three.
"I thought Pakistan were the better team in the first quarter and they created more opportunities but after we scored the first goal we started to play according to our plan", said India coach Roelant Oltmans. "This win will be remembered not just today or tomorrow but for a long, long time".
The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which comprised 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 (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, as chairman.
"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", remarked Sarfraz.
Seam bowlers Mohammad Amir and Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the limited-overs tournament which is regarded as a mini-World Cup.
But Arthur insisted that reverse had been an "aberration".
"We went back to the hotel and they treated me very well". So I tried to play ball-to-ball.
"I was telling somebody the other day that I ve had five semi-finals with South Africa and never got to a final".
Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord s, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England. It read, "We are the champions".
"It needs a lot of guts to do that", he said.