Ind v Pak, Champions Trophy, final June 18, 2017

'This is for the nation... I can't wait to go home!'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Reactions from the Pakistan players and team management immediately after their victory against India in the Champions Trophy final
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'Hope this win will be remembered for a long time' - Sarfraz

Mohammad Hafeez

"Great team effort! After losing the first game, we were nowhere. We were in the knockouts stage but no one gave us a chance. The way we showed character, this is for the nation. They have been waiting for this for a long, long time. This is the least we could do.

"The platform was there, when Fakhar and Azhar gave us a stand, we thought of 300 plus. I wanted to express myself without any fear in the mind. I just wanted to hit the ball hard. We all wanted to do something for the nation. Winning any tournament is a great feeling.

"I believe it's not about winning against the odds. We wanted to inspire the nation because we've been missing this from nine years … no cricket at home. Millions of people waited for that, we've been waiting for a moment like this."

Shoaib Malik

"It's tough to describe this feeling in words. Back home, I'm sure roads will be blocked. People will be out dancing even though it is Ramadan. I would like to congratulate all the Pakistani people all over the world. This brings us united. I would also like to thank the Indian cricket team for playing the way they did throughout the tournament.

"I wasn't nervous, we were okay. Being a senior cricketer, a lot of youngsters look at you. I thought I have to calm myself and this is what I did. Credit to the boys for the way they played, controlled their aggression."

Imad Wasim

"Unbelievable! The crowd has been cheering like we're in Pakistan. Thanks to all the people who supported us. The roads will be blocked, jam packed in Pakistan. I can't wait to go home.

"After the first game, we were down and out. We sat together and decided we have to do something. Everyone was writing us off and we were like 'don't write us off just yet.' Pakistan can do anything on any given day, and we beat four top sides!"

Mohammad Amir

Shikhar, Rohit and Kohli were in tremendous form. I was looking for early wickets and I did it. To be honest, this is team work. The South Africa game gave us momentum.

Mickey Arthur, Pakistan coach

"It's been an up and down ride for us, but so proud of the boys. We dusted ourselves off after the India defeat in Edgbaston and came back superbly. We knew we were prepared well. That loss was an aberration. It's a remarkable achievement.

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team. We've got a group of young players who are fantastic. We have to keep this momentum going. We're happy with the brand of cricket we're playing. We've got two years until the 2019 World Cup. We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. We now have two years to identify a squad we want to take forward and give them enough game time. That's the aim at the moment."

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WATCH - Pakistan fans go wild

Azhar Mahmood

"Fakhar Zaman is a brilliant guy, up the order he put pressure on the opposition, that's why he made 300 odd runs in the tournament, if we've got a player like him to get such runs that's a brilliant sign for us. Hasan Ali bowls with a big heart. Every time he runs in, he wants to get a wicket. The attitude is brilliant."

Hasan Ali
"First of all thanks Allah. A year ago I wasn't in the side but I worked hard and believed in myself, and thankfully gave a good performance. Been learning since the start that if your body has energy you can perform well.

"I was very calm, no pressure on me, and thankfully I did well in all our games. This was a great tournament for me, dismissed some top players. Very special to take the final wicket, to take the last wicket that won us. The tournament, very special for me and I will definitely remember that."

Sarfraz Ahmed

"After the India match, one thing I said to my boys was the tournament hasn't finished yet. I think he's [Fakhar Zaman] a great impact player. Credit goes to him, he was playing his first ICC event, and he played like a champion player. I also want to give credit to my bowlers. Amir bowled brilliantly all tournament, and so did Junaid, Shadab, Imad, Hasan, they all bowled very well.

It's a very young team and credit goes to them and the management. It's a very important boost for us to win this. When we arrived here, we just played like we have nothing to lose. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management. I think it's a very proud moment for me, and my team and my country. I want to thank the people of Pakistan. Keep supporting us and praying for us. Also thank you to all supporters here who watch to see us play!"

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  • cricfan46234109 on June 20, 2017, 15:31 GMT

    TEAM PAKISTAN WAS ONBA MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. .... and TEAM INDIA comes in the way. Victory was written...

    No doubt india is v good batting side and so is bowling of PAKISTAN

  • harshthakor on June 19, 2017, 14:35 GMT

    Salute Pakistan for ressurecting glory of yesteryears by rising like a Phoenix from the Ashes.It is one of the greatest comebacks ever in a ODI world tournament with Pakistan literally ressurecting themselves from the grave.Pakistan displayed mental tenacity and aggression at its supreme level and resembled tigers on the field .Sarafraz Ahmed was able to bond a bunch of talented individuals into a fighting unit.Often in the past Pakistan had an abundance of talent with no one to properly harness it .Pakistan maintained the tradition of the ODI Game where on Ines day a David could topple a Goliath.We got echoes of India's win in 1983 and Pakistan's in 1992.May this usher a new era in Pakistan cricket and reinstate Pakistan to the top of the pedestal in ODI cricket.Mohamad Amit superbly blended control and movement while Fakar displayed great big match temperament.It was a revelation witnessing the energy Pakistan exuded on the field as though the spirits possessed them.

  • Sandy1601 on June 19, 2017, 14:03 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan cricket Team ..Good all-round performance. Poor strategy by India, wrong team selection, over dependence on spinners, tactical error by Kohli by not bowling Kedar early or one or two over from Yuvi. Ashwin is not at all performing in ODI's....even on Indian pitches....need to try out some young spinners ( hopefully in West Indies).

  • cricfan01835720 on June 19, 2017, 7:18 GMT

    You boys have made our great nation proud of your achievements! Everyone wrote you off, myself included but wow what a response! Your humble celebrations are a testament to the spirit with which you play the sport and how much respect you have for your opponents, at the same time accepting a higher power. Pakistan Zindabaad!

  • Muddassar_Baig on June 19, 2017, 5:53 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan! This is really great achievement. You won our hearts. It is really a great EID GIFT before EID. We love you for this great victory ever vs India. Proud to be a Pakistani. Pakistan Zindabad

  • cricfan82353891 on June 19, 2017, 5:07 GMT

    My heart-filled congrats to Pakistan for their magical performance. They really played like fighters today. A very symbolic united effort. Proved all the pundits wrong. For Amir no looking back my boy..........keep going earn it for yourself and Pakistan. We are all proud of you. This was long overdue, a great eid gift to the nation and Pakistanis all over the world. Long live Pakistan cricket.

  • SamRoy on June 19, 2017, 4:35 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. You simply outplayed us. Not just in skill but also in strategy. Seldom do think Pakistan can out-think any other team. But here they did. So all congratulations to them. Yes, we made selection errors by not picking our fast bowlers Shami and Umesh but even if they were playing India might have still lost heavily. And Mohammad Amir bowled one of the all-time great ODI spells and well with this performance his redemption is complete.

  • CricNcode on June 19, 2017, 3:10 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan from an Indian fan! You were Simply superb today. Neither Indian team nor their captain showed any smarts on the big day. Process alone won't win big matches but the heart and bravery when needed.

  • JADOON99 on June 18, 2017, 21:08 GMT

    Many congrats to team green, A strong call to bring the game back home. We are missing

  • cricfan17551923 on June 18, 2017, 21:02 GMT

    A tremendous game, played in very good spirit. As a Pakistan fan, I especially appreciate the generous attitude of Kohli and Dhoni. They are true champion sportsmen. It is not surprising that they are especially admired in Pakistan.

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