"It's a great team effort".
But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300. "Even with the ball, they were very aggressive", he added.
With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.
In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.
"If there's been a more improbable Pakistan triumph than this, it's yet to be written", said Osman Samiuddin, author of a definitive book on Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones.
The bowling lineup was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets, and his team mate Junaid Khan.
"Afridi said that the teams that might have taken Pakistan lightly in Champions Trophy would never dare to repeat such a mistake again and whatever the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup may be like, Pakistan will be a serious contender for the trophy", he said.
He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five. The way they turned things around, it was incredible.
"We can be very proud of that as a unit, we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team. These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here".
"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".
Pakistan have been starved of global cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public.
"I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters", he said.
"It's the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games". With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.
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