Pakistan, who started the tournament as the eighth-ranked team, should thank the 27-year-old Fakhar for laying the platform for the memorable win. These numbers indicate their utter dominance in the two biggest games of the tournament, against two of the toughest opponents: they beat England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare in the semi-finals, and thrashed India by 180 runs in the final.
MOHAMMAD Hafeez dedicated a stunning ICC Champions Trophy success to the public of Pakistan after thrashing India at The Oval.
"Hopefully this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all playing nations will come and play us", said Sarfraz, 30. Amir's arrangement means he will play County Championship fixtures for the current Division One leaders, as well as NatWest T20 Blast matches.
Amir removed all of India's top three as Pakistan stunned their arch-rivals with a remarkable 180-run win while Fakhar scored his maiden ODI ton for Pakistan. It seemed that Pakistan, who were outclassed by India in a 124-run win in an earlier game of the tournament, were saving their best for the last.
"Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar's raw talent in action", Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their only One Day International (ODI) World Cup triumph, tweeted after the win.
"In his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan", Sarfraz added. While the Indian side was understandably extremely disappointed, Team India skipper Virat Kohli won a lot of fans for his sporting remarks after the match. Still, he admitted, "the way they turned it around was unbelievable".
If left-handed opener Fakhar rode his luck at times, he also produced an array of superb shots, notably in a first-wicket stand of 128 with Azhar Ali.
The mix-up didn't hurt Pakistan in the long-term, as Fakhar's 114 from 106 balls allowed them to post a huge total of 4-338 from their 50 overs. Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments. "We would have loved to bowl first but I also thought that if we can score 280, it will put pressure on the opposition.", he said. India had won the tournament in 2013 by beating England.
The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.