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Wednesday Jun 21 2017
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GEO NEWS

Sarfraz terms Pakistan win outcome of nation, family's prayers

By
GEO NEWS

KARACHI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, following his side's historic win in the Champions Trophy 2017, has termed it an outcome of the nation and his family’s prayers.

In his exclusive interview to Geo News, Sarfraz said, "I feel happy that we provided a chance to the Pakistani people to celebrate."

He said that there is nothing like junior or senior in the team, and all the players in the squad support each other.

Talking particularly about the strategy for the final, he mentioned that the team carried the momentum gained from the previous wins and believed that if they perform the same way, they can win the final as well.

"We planned to dismiss India's openers early on, and when we accomplished that, in my opinion, that was the point the match turned in our favour", he added

Sarfraz Ahmed said that the wicket of Virat Kohli was the turning point of the match. “When we got the wicket of MS Dhoni, we knew that we had 90 percent of the job.”

The talented Pakistan captain said Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez supported him and the newcomers in the team.

He went on to say that he wishes to further improve the team combination for the ICC World Cup 2019.

Sarfraz, who won the hearts of the Pakistani people through his brilliant captaincy, said his mother, coach Azam Khan and the nation's prayers played a big role in Pakistan's triumph against India in the Champions Trophy finale.

He also said that they have good terms with Indian players.

The skipper credited Pakistan Super League (PSL) for highlighting new talent in the country.

"PSL helped bring new players to the fore. They performed in domestic events, but the PSL brought them into light," he said.


Group A

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 England 3 1.04 6
2 Bangladesh 3 0 3
3 Australia 3 -0.99 2
4 New Zealand 3 -1.05 1

Group B

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 India 3 1.37 4
2 Pakistan 3 -0.68 4
3 South Africa 3 0.16 2
4 Sri Lanka 3 -0.79 2