Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Virat Kohli

Four players of the national cricket team arrived at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore early Tuesday morning after winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said: "It's a great team effort".

Young men gathered in mass at TV shops across the Indian-administered city of Srinagar as Pakistan belied expectations to thrash Virat Kohli's team by 180 runs at the Oval in London.

Champions Trophy winning captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Rumman Raees Tuesday reached Pakistan with the trophy, and were warmly welcomed by Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair and Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhter at the Jinnah International Airport along with thousands of fans. The South Asian nation claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009.

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

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

"Indeed disappointing. Congratulations to Pakistan and their fans".

"I am shocked. we thought we would have them for dinner, but it has turned the other way", Amit Sharma told AFP at Delhi's Connaught Place. "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm so proud of the boys", he said. "They were more intense, passionate and deserved to win". With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well. "We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, who's knock was outstanding", he said.

Delhi's streets were all but deserted after the game ended with fans storming out of public screenings after Hardik Pandya's 76-run blitz ended with India staring down the barrel at 152-7.

India will feel aggrieved as Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to reach his first worldwide century.

The players, including Hassan Ali, Baber Azam, Fahim Ashraf and Ahmad Shahzad, were warmly welcomed at the airport by the provincial ministers and a large number of cricket lovers and fans of the players. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

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