Today's match was a one-sided affair, with Pakistan outperforming India in all three departments.
India captain Virat Kohli says Fakhar Zaman's cavalier approach was hard to counter as 80 percent of his "high risk shots" came off well during the Champions Trophy final against Paksitan, here today.
But on Friday, Sohail claimed that he never accused the national team of fixing matches and was only criticising Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for not dedicating the win over Sri Lanka to legendary batsman Javed Miandad, whose birthday fell on that day.
"We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly", added the South African after Pakistan s first major global tournament success since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 in England. We tried our best to hit good areas but they just batted really well today'.
"If you are too distracted listening to too many suggestions or players or criticism, then you can not focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team, as well". "When we arrived here, we played like we had nothing to lose". Mercurial though it may be, the Pakistani side has a huge reputation to live up to: on their day the boys in green play absolutely brilliant, flawless cricket and that's the side that everybody is afraid of getting stuck against.
MICKEY ARTHUR: What we've tried to do is just prepare as we normally prepare. We have not spoken about this game in any different way.
Pakistan scripted a wonderful turnaround to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title. After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game. "One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition". Later Mohammad Hafeez helped his side to post 300 plus total with 57 from 37 balls. "Azhar is a conventional cricketer but with a guy like Zaman, 80% of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off". We all know what happens behind the scenes. We now have two years to identify a squad we want to take forward and give them enough game time.
But the two openers became more convincing and in the 20th over, bowled by Jadeja, reached their 50s from consecutive balls - Fakhar second to the milestone from one delivery fewer when he cut his seventh four straight through the hands of Yuvraj at point.