Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed credited his players, the team staff and the selection committee back home fro their surprise qualification for the final of the Champions Trophy, after beating England by eight wickets in the semi-final on Wednesday.
“After the first loss, we are very down, but credit goes to the team management. They boost up really well for us, and credit goes to the players as well. They motivated very well. And after that match, everything — we bowling well, feeling well, and now today also batting clicking as well. So that’s why credit goes to the bowlers and team management.”
Sarfraz said his team played well on a pitch used for second match in a row.
“I think the pitch was very good. I think both team — it was good for both teams. I think we play very good. That’s why we win today.”
Pakistan bowled England out for a paltry 211, which sarfraz admitted wasn’t expected.
“Actually, I’m not expecting we bowl them out 210, but we expected today — yesterday we came here, and we see that — we had a meeting, and we thought, if we won the toss, elected to bowl first. And if we restrict them 260, 270 goals, that’s why target is easy for us.
“Credit goes to the bowlers. They bowled really well, especially in the middle part, starting with Shadab. They bowled really well. They took Joe Root. Then Hassan came in, and he took wicket. Then Junaid Khan, Rumman Raees — all credit goes to the bowlers. They bowled really well.”
Sarfraz praised the players for lifting their game after a morale-sapping defeat against India.
“I think, we just talked about — after the India match, we just motivated the guys. Don’t worry about the India match. This is gone. We have two matches. If it we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament. Now we are in the finals.”
Sarfraz praised his young players.
“I’m very happy about my youngsters performing, especially Hassan day by day improving, Shadab day by day improving, and now today Fakhar Zaman, he’s playing in third match, and now he’s batting just like a champion batsman. So I’m really happy about his performance. Hopefully, he will do well InShaAllah in futures as well.”
SARFRAZ AHMED: No, he’s a little bit with a calf injury. I think he was okay.