Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

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India skipper Virat Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the only Indians to find place in the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, led by Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

"Pakistan was the underdog coming into the final but there was a feeling of destiny about it. Tournament play is all about peaking at the right time and after a poor start to the tournament, most pundits gave it no chance of winning", Hussey wrote in his column for ICC.

Pakistan inflicted a massive 180-run defeat upon title-holders and favourites India at the Oval in London on Sunday to win the tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations.

With their inability to host top global sides on home soil due to security concerns and a spot-fixing controversy blighting their domestic T20 league, Sunday's win provided the country's cricket fans with some much-needed cheer.

"Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah form a great combination who complement each other very well, and the spin options of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja keep the pressure on in the middle overs. We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Kohli said.

"However, by the time it lifted the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval, it was undoubtedly playing its best cricket".

The country has a tradition of producing exciting fast bowling talent and 25-year-old Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, 27, can be expected to spearhead the pace attack at the next World Cup.

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Hussey also praised Pakistani bowlers and opening batsman Fakhar Zaman for their brilliant performances.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

"We've got a group of young players who are fantastic". The players, including Hasan Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf and Ahmed Shehzad, were warmly welcomed at the airport by the provincial ministers and a large number of cricket lovers and fans of the players.

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

"I want to tell Narendra Modi today to go drown in a handful of water, the water that you have stopped us from having", he said.

"Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes. That's the aim at the moment".

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