“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 former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi in his blog for ICC.
The 37-year-old, who had been part of the mercurial Pakistan side for close to two decades, credited the turnaround to the youngsters. The likes of Hassan Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan played key roles in helping Pakistan secure the title.
“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 (Ahmed), it now has a captain who can perhaps take the team to unprecedented glory in the years ahead,” opined Afridi.
“Today was the day when Mohammad Amir had to rise and perhaps redeem himself for good. That’s exactly what the star performer did; his opening spell was an absolute delight to watch. Indians were relying heavily on their star studded top-order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and Amir dismantled the trio in a sensational burst,” he added.