Sarfraz Ahmed: Pakistan captain mobbed at home by jubilant fans

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"Pakistan had a dream run in the tournament, but doubts remained over its ability to tackle the pressures of an India game, let alone that of a final".

"Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes". They were more intense and more passionate.

Despite the heavy loss, Kohli had a smile on his face.

In an early tweet, he said: "All the players of Indian team should be banned by govt from playing cricket coz they have sold themselves n pride of India".

Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win. Indians were relying heavily on their star studded top-order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and Amir dismantled the trio in a sensational burst", he added. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well.

Not many had backed Pakistan to go beyond the group stage in the Champions Trophy, but the team led by Sarfraz Ahmed enjoyed an extraordinary revival after its disastrous opener.

Specifically pointing out the performance of Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali, Sarfraz said he was quite glad with the way they performed in the tournament and guided Pakistan to victory.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has described the "surreal" feeling of watching his side bounce back from a drubbing by India in its tournament opener, reported the ICC.

"It has been an up and down ride". We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. We tried our level best but we just couldn't make things happen. They kept on believing. "It has been a remarkable achievement", said Arthur. The only difference here is that it is the Mini World Cup and the captain has been replaced. We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment.

"We have got two years until 2019".

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"He is working hard at it now and everyone can see the way he is bowling". Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management. The boys were really motivated today.

"It's a very important boost for us to win this".

Zaman told ESPNcricinfo: "When we came for practise on Saturday I wasn't feeling good". Pakistan held India to just 79 all-out in that one, on their way to an eight-wicket win.

The turnaround was a triumph for Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who impressed in his triple role of wicket-keeper, batsman and skipper.

"We have had youngsters benefitting from PSL".

Mohammad Hafeez whacked 57 not out off 37 balls, Babar Azam 46, and Imad Wasim 25 not out, as the last 10 overs netted 91 runs, giving Pakistan's bowlers - its strength - an impressive total to defend.

"The team exhibited a heart touching performance proving all predictions wrong by winning a major title after a long gap of two and a half decades", said Waqar Younis, Younis Khan, Misbahul Haq and Muhammad Yousaf while talking to this agency on Monday.

"At one time I remember our hockey team and squash players won world titles regularly and were unbeatable".

Sporting a white blazer and a coruscating golden trophy on the table, he looked happier than ever. It sounded endearing as it was a honest appeal from him.

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