Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim has insisted the historic Champions Trophy win is just a stepping stone for the team which is aspiring to be the number one side in the world.
Pakistan entered the Champions Trophy as the lowest-ranked side and began the tournament on the worst-possible note, as they were hammered by 124 runs by arch-rivals and defending champions India.
Post that heavy loss, nobody had given the Men in Green even a slight chance of advancing to the next stage let alone winning the tournament. However, Pakistan proved their credentials by defeating world number one side South Africa in their next game before getting the better of Sri Lanka to advance to the semifinal.
In the semifinal, Sarfraz Ahmed & Co. hammered hosts and widely touted favourites England by eight wickets to storm into their maiden final of the Champions Trophy.
The one-time World Cup champions had reserved their best for the final, as they capped off their remarkable turnaround in the tournament by registering a huge victory of 180-runs against India. The win was Pakistan’s first global trophy in the 50-overs format since the 1992 World Cup and Imad Wasim feels the team still has a long way to go before they achieve their glory days of the past.
“This is our first step towards victory and to the glory we once had. The way the boys played at the tournament and outclassed all the top four teams of the world was a result of our hard work and dedication for the team,” Wasim said.
Speaking about the team’s future goals, Wasim said:
“We have just reached the first step there is a long way to go, we want to be the top team in the world and win the T20 World Cup under the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmed. The way he led the team is what the players need.
Talking about the criticism that the team gets after the defeats, the all-rounder said the winning and losing is a part and parcel of the game and the game should not be treated as the war.
“There should be a balance in criticising the team. Winning and losing is part of the game and that is how cricket is. Cricket is not war, it’s a game and every team plays to win the match and so did we,” he said.