‘Deja vu of 1992’

Former and current players react on Pakistan’s Champions Trophy title win.

Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs to claim the Champions Trophy on Sunday.   -  AP

Former and current players on Twitter congratulated Pakistan on its famous Champions Trophy victory. Sarfraz Ahmed’s young side annihilated India in the final by 180 runs, reversing its defeat in the group stages against its arch-rival. Led by Fakhar Zaman, who scored a century, Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan, the leg-spinner, Pakistan - the worst-ranked side (No. 8) ahead of the tournament - claimed its first Champions Trophy title.

Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka batsman, praised Pakistan’s performance in the final. "The biggest thing on display today is @TheRealPCB's heart. They played with courage and belief. Just an incredible performance by Pakistan."

 

Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, said, "Brilliant from Pakistan! Embraced aggression, freedom in play. Youth and experience all stood up on the biggest stage! Great scenes."

Russell Arnold, the former Sri Lanka all-rounder, opined Pakistan was at its best in the final. "Congratulations @TheRealPCB How good have they been to watch .. thoroughly Deserved it !! Saved the best for last too.. #CT17Well done !!

 

Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, congratulated compatriot Mickey Arthur, the head coach of Pakistan, besides praising the team itself. "I was hoping a team in green and gold would win. Seems there was a mix up in countries though Well done Pakistan, congrats Mickey."

Pakistan’s captain until recently, Misbah-ul-Haq, expressed his delight at having witnessed the remarkable win. "Congratulations @TheRealPCB, the team & the whole country for such a great win.#CT17 Boys you made us happy & proud. Up & above 4rm here!"

 

West Indies’ Darren Sammy noted the surprise factor at having an ‘underdog’ pulling off a heist. "Congratulations to Pakistan on winning the #ct17 no one gave them a chance, but here they are well deserve Champions.. #PakistanZindabad."

Former India opener Virender Sehwag also praised the winner. "Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today. Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket."

 

Pakistan’s former fast bowler Wasim Akram said, "Wow wow wow unbelievable performance by team green. It feels like deja'vu after winning the 1992 WCup. I am over the moon #PakistanZindabad"

Michael Vaughan, England’s former captain, noted the odds Pakistan had to overcome. "Inconsistent first class structure .. No home games for 10 yrs .. No expensive Academies .. Now #CHAMPIONS Pakistan ... #CT17

Pakistan World Cup winning captain Imran Khan said, "Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar's raw talent in action."