On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".
Hasan Ali picked up the award for man of the tournament with his 13 wickets, including three in India's collapse, and the victory was cathartic for Amir in particular after he spent five years banned from the sport for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord's.
The victory, and its relative ease over an India team that not only had got the better of Pakistan in one-day matches for the past decade, winning 12 and losing only eight - and winning four of the last five since 2013 - stunned cricket fans and experts, especially coming from a Pakistan team that has played only one global series in its home country since a 2009 terrorist attack forced them to adopt the United Arab Emirates as their home turf.
The Indian batting, barring Hardik Pandya, was pedestrian even as the pitch did not offer much movement and had carry. Seems like we are playing in Pakistan and thanks to all those who supported.
The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable. "Credit to the boys for the way they played, controlled their aggression".
He removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5). During a no-fear, enterprising innings he struck 12 fours and three sixes to pull apart a sub-standard India bowling attack.
It was a charged-up performance from Sarfraz Ahmed s underdog team with left-handed opener Zaman, after a lucky reprieve, scoring a pulsating 114 in their imposing 338 for 4. Fakhar was out to a nice catch on the run by Jadeja behind square.
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By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a frightful mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted. Babar Azam then hit a fine 46 and Mohammad Hafeez a 37-ball 57 to take the total to a level that their impressive bowling unit could comfortably defend.
The score is Pakistan's second-highest against India. "He has proper big-match temperament and he showed that on the biggest stage". The last time Pakistan beat India was in 2009 ─ also during a Champions Trophy match.
Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final.
Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a ideal start.
"When a guy like Azhar Ali, who is a conventional batsman, plays his shots, you can still have a plan", said Kohli to reporters after the match. Soon, Zaman completed his century in 92 balls through a sweep at the square leg. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final. "We will take that on the chin and move on", he added. "When they (Indian team) had won the toss, why they did not opt to bat first?", questioned Ankit Singh, an angry cricket lover. His 52-ball knock comprised of four boundaries.
Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, hit half a dozen of sixes to provide some entertainment, before being run-out due to a disgusting mix-up with Jadeja.