India wary of rejuvenated Pakistan: Kohli

"Pakistan was the underdog coming into the final but there was a feeling of destiny about it. Tournament play is all about peaking at the right time and after a poor start to the tournament, most pundits gave it no chance of winning", Hussey wrote in his column for ICC.

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Golden Ball award for the top bowler of the tournament.

The victory ends India's hopes of becoming the first team to capture the title three times.

Kohli also praised young all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs off 43 balls. "We can not take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

India Captain Virat Kohli said that his team would "take (the defeat) on the chin and move on".

Pakistan's thrilling victory over their biggest rivals was set up by Fakhar Zaman's century and a three-wicket burst from opening bowler Mohammad Amir. This was the first ever Champions Trophy title for Pakistan.

12 runs came off the high-yielding fourth over, which featured two boundaries, two no-balls and a wide ball, as Pakistan stood at 19 runs with the loss of no wickets.

"Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was unbelievable", Kohli said. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket", former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said.

In Champions Trophy history 2013 has been the only edition in which the team batting first won the final.

"They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did", Kohli told a news conference.

But Pakistan skipper Ahmed said that his team never lost confidence even after the drubbing by India to open the Champions Trophy tournament. The previous best was 84, between Aamer Sohail and Saaed Anwar, in the 1996 World Cup game in Bengaluru.

But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his teammates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.

"The credit goes to my boys; they're learning very well and they work hard.When superstars play, it is easier to guide them during a match because they don't need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations".

Vanessa Coleman

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