Mickey Arthur hails 'remarkable' Pakistan turnaround after ICC Champions Trophy win


India vs Pakistan final ICC Champions Trophy: Amidst the craziness on Twitter after Pakistan's win over India by 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final 2017 at Oval Stadium, the fans have forgotten that India still has a better overall record in all ICC tournament. "For years now, Pakistan is playing home matches in Dubai".

Moments after Pakistan clinched their maiden Champions Trophy title, Indian tennis star and wife of Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik took to social media and congratulated India's hockey team on their win over Pakistan.

They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day worldwide hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level. It feels like deja'vu after winning the 1992 WCup.

"It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm so proud of the boys", Arthur said. "Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well". This is my Pakistan.

Pakistan's batting, unlike 1992, looked out-of-sorts and the inexperience showed as none could keep their composure in the face of Indian bowling battery losing by a mammoth 124 runs.

Special arrangements were made to broadcast the final live in community halls, cinemas and parks across Pakistan.

The two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0/70 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/67 in 8 overs) were then taken to the task with not a single wicket-taking delivery being bowled by the duo.

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The captain also said that it's high time for other teams to consider visiting Pakistan.

"Not just today, not just tomorrow, this day will be remembered in Pakistan for years to come", said a beaming Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed as he made a passionate plea to other nations to play global cricket in their country.

"This is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long". "It wasn't in their wildest dreams".

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet".

In the current championship tournament against India at Edgbaston, Pakistan pacers and spinners looked blunt as India recovered from a slow start easily to post 319/3 in a revised 48 overs tie.

"After the first game I said there is a big gap between Ind & Pak these days". After restricting Pakistan to seven for naught in the first three overs, Jasprit Bumrah (0-68) had Zaman (114) caught behind but only to find, he had overstepped.

The International Cricket Council is mulling with the idea of scrapping the Champions Trophy and hosting two World T20 Cups in the four-year cycle, chief executive David Richardson said today.