Pakistan had entered the tournament ranked eighth on the ICC ODI Team Rankings, but courtesy its victories against higher-ranked sides, finished in the sixth place, which means it now looks well set to qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
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. Amir's arrangement means he will play County Championship fixtures for the current Division One leaders, as well as NatWest T20 Blast matches.
India was the lopsided 4-9 favorite by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.
"It's always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn't work collectively and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way", said the top-ranked one-day batsman. Their head coach, Mickey Arthur, hoped this performance would lift the country.
"A guy like Zaman, when players like that get going on their day, it becomes real hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off", Kohli said.
Pakistan, due to security reasons, currently can't host worldwide cricket, but is now the ICC Champions Trophy holder, a feat that has far-reaching implications.
The momentum remained with Pakistan as Mohammad Hafeez pummelled three sixes and four fours, putting on an unbroken 71 with Imad Wasim (25no) who enjoyed a remarkable slice of luck when a delivery from Bumrah bounced forcefully off his wicket without dislodging a bail.
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. Amir had been ruled out of Pakistan's semi-final against England due to a back spasm during a practice session.
"Then we kept losing wickets". He heard the ball pouched behind him and knew he was dismissed before he'd really got started in the biggest cricket match of his life.
And those nerves nearly made him pay as he prodded at a Jasprit Bumrah delivery that was caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps only for Zaman to be called back as the bowler had overstepped. "Yeah, credit to them for winning the title", Kohli said, at the post-match press conference on Sunday. You have to accept and admire the skill of the opposition.
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