Pakistan progress to sixth position in ICC Rankings after Champions Trophy success

India skipper Virat Kohli had a serious warning for his team-mates ahead of Pakistan clash

GETTY India skipper Virat Kohli had a serious warning for his team-mates ahead of Pakistan clash

"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", wrote Afridi in a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Pakistan beat three of the four top-ranked sides in the world en route to lifting their maiden Champions Trophy title this year.

And though Pakistan had scrapped its way to the final, the result seemed a foregone conclusion.

Naturally, the newspapers of Pakistan went on the celebration mode.

Even Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chipped in with his congratulations. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well.

Chasing 339, India's top-order were undone by some brilliant bowling from Mohammad Amir who dismissed the in-form trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan. India limped to 54 but when the fifth wicket tumbled it was in deep trouble.

Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja.

"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.

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"So that's fantastic. But the credit goes to the players. We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions", said Sarfraz.

Then one ball after Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan. I would do the same here because they deserved to win.

"I'm sure the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it. Let's hope this really kick-starts the momentum in Pakistan again".

It all left India needing to set new tournament record for a team batting second to win if they were to retain the title they won in England four years ago.

"They [Pakistan] had an unbelievable tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

Soon after the game, thrilled Pakistan supporters celebrated the triumph by singing from the Oval stand, while some took the streets of London to celebrate.

Shahid Afridi said that the current team can develop into one of the top three teams in the world by the 2019 World Cup.

Mohammed Shami lost his cool when a Pak fan used foul language against Indian cricket team.

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