After the breathtaking performance from mercurial Pakistan-led by wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed for the first time in the event of world cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC), as Pakistan media reacted to national team’s maiden title win in the form of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval by 180 runs against arch-rivals India.
As the newspapers were selling like hot cakes in Pakistan even after hours when Pakistan clinched a thumping win after bundling out Virat Kohli-led side on 158 in 30.3 overs, which saw the die-hard fans back in Pakistan were in awe of the team following the jubilation scenes at the oval on Sunday which further engulfed Pakistan.
Pakistan’s historic newspaper Dawn has termed the one-sided affair as the ‘historic win’ which further saw youngsters being on role for Pakistan in one match after another throughout the tournament after losing their inaugural match of the eight-team event to see them bouncing back with vengeance.
“Pakistan breaks jinx, trounce India in dream final,” Dawn front-page wrote after Pakistan lift the first-ever silverware of the ICC Champions Trophy.
After repeating 1992 World Cup, Pakistan received the praise from the cricketing fraternity before the Men in Blue skipper Virat Kohli stated the side has totally ‘outclassed’ them in every department on their day.
“Pakistan romp to historic win over arch-rivals India in thrilling Champions Trophy final,” Dawn.com wrote after Pakistan’s emphatic win on digital medium.
It’s pertinent to note, Pakistan was lingering at the eight spot before coming into the tournament as underdogs.
“Pakistan make history by claiming their first Champions Trophy,” Express Tribune digital wrote after Mohammad Amir’s brilliant spell in which he claimed 3 for 16 made things quite easier for the rest of the bowlers against formidable India.
However, no one expected unpredictable Pakistan to turn the tide in their own way and come this far – to clinch the maiden title while hurting best of the teams participating in the grand event by playing aggressive cricket which further showed how they worked hard even knowing the gentleman’s game is yet to make to their regular fixture at home after dardastic attack on Sri Lankan team bus that unfortunately made things miserable for the cricket-starved fans and cricket in itself.
The Express Tribune gave a front-page space to the Pakistan’s win on its newspaper which read as: ‘All hail the champs’.
Proving everyone wrong and getting out of jail straight away after receiving 124-run drubbing against India, in cricketing terms Pakistan as a noun looks ordinary, but adding adjectives in the similar fashion to the team, it becomes extra-ordinary which further offers moments of brilliance.
Another newspaper, The Nation was a step ahead which saw the headline written as: ‘WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS’ in green that further saw the sub-heading as ‘Sarfraz wants cricket return to country’.
Against India, losing out on the toss, Pakistan didn’t surrender to the pressure as the Men in Green has offered both with bat and ball before fielding set the standard high as rookie leg-spinner Shadab Khan grabbed the attention of the jam-packed crowd with his acrobatics at the point region.
“Pakistan Champions, trounced Indian team,” the Urdu-newspaper Jang publication, proclaimed.
Playing crucial role with the bat, the former 27-year-old Navy recruit Fakhar Zaman has blasted 252 runs in four matches at an average of 63 which included two fifties and a maiden hundred of his career which came against India.
“Champions Trophy final: Bahria Town to give 10 kanal plot to Fakhar Zaman,” Tribune.com.pk wrote when CEO of Bahria Town Karachi Ahmed Ali Riaz Malik announced the hefty deal.
The Mardan-born Zaman, who came at the expense of Ahmed Shehzad delivered the punch as he was awarded a 10 Kanal land in the posh area of Karachi, Bahria Town.