Champions Trophy triumph helps Pakistan surge to 6th spot in ODI Rankings

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Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan celebrates his century in the ICC Champions Trophy Final on Sunday.

Pakistan's win over India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy has helped them jump two spots in the ICC ODI rankings.

There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

"This is a fantastic form of the game that the players love playing", said Hussey, "And the supporters have shown that they still enjoy the spectacle of what one-day cricket can offer".

"They [Pakistan] deserved to win".

"Pakistan played what seems to be a flawless game of cricket". And not only for the players but also for the fans, who have not been able to identify with their heroes, because they just don't get to watch worldwide cricket at home. "But these youngsters are remarkable and highly committed", he added.

The bowling lineup was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets, and his team mate Junaid Khan.

"I'm sure the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it. Let's hope this really kick-starts the momentum in Pakistan again".

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Hasan was extremely confident of India's victory in the final and even went on to say that the current Pakistan team is no match for Team India.

"A lot of people had vibes that we might not be able to defeat India, that their batting is too strong for us to handle. Hopefully, we can post more than 300", Sarfraz said.

For a country that has not played global cricket at home against any top cricketing nation, the Champions Trophy triumph was necessary to "identify their heroes", feels Pakistan's chief coach Mickey Arthur.

"I'm disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I'm proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall".

The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.

"The way he batted today and the way he bowled and the way he fielded, that's exactly why we back him, because he can be the match-winner for us in situations where the team is in trouble", said Kohli. Amir, who was 18, was banned from cricket for five years and also served three months of a six-month prison sentence in a young offenders' institute.

It was an all-round performance from the Men in Green and they only got better with every game in the tournament.

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