Following Pakistan’s surprise triumph over India in the final match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to lift the title, former flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has termed it as a “monumental victory” which should be cherished for a long time.
“This is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long. It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive,” wrote Afridi in his exclusive column on the ICC website.
Praising Pakistan’s performance throughout the tournament, specially after the opening match defeat to India, Afridi wrote: “Rarely have I seen Pakistan deliver such a clinical performance in a tournament decider and annihilating hot favourite India came as a pleasant surprise. This Pakistan side has made me and the nation proud. I am simply overjoyed and over the moon on this astonishing success by Sarfraz Ahmed’s side.
“Pakistan has unearthed new heroes in a span of 14 days. From Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Ali and Shadab Khan, Pakistan has shown the world its rich talent and pedigree. In Sarfraz, it now has a captain who can perhaps take the team to unprecedented glory in the years ahead,” he also added.
Afridi also judged that the celebration in Pakistan following the title triumph was no exception that what his country previously observed in 1992 and 2009.
“The turnaround has left the world bewildered and has brought a wave of ecstasy and unbridled joy for Pakistanis all around the world. As soon as the game ended, celebrations mirroring the 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20 wins began across the country.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com