From losing to India in the opener to beating them comprehensively in the final, Pakistan’s changed approach was the difference, writes Saj for Scroll.in.
Writing for FirstPost Sports, Saj traces the rise of the outstanding Fakhar Zaman to his domestic and PSL based performances.
India bowled out for 158 with Mohammad Amir taking three big wickets after Fakhar Zaman's hundred lifted Pakistan to 338/4 in 50 overs.
Even by the standards of the often crazy, chaotic and unpredictable world of Pakistan cricket, this year's Champions Trophy tournament has been an eye-opener and rollercoaster ride.
Apart from the discipline, what the head coach seems to have instilled in his team is the belief and determination, which is crucial to success at this level.
Sunday's game will be between an improved Sarfraz Ahmed & co and favourites India, writes Saj (for FirstPost Sports).
The 27-year-old Pakistani left-arm pacer says that his team’s focus is on putting up a good show in Sunday’s much-awaited India-Pakistan final.
It has indeed been a rollercoaster ride for fans of Pakistan cricket as the team which started the tournament as underdogs has in the space of three games, catapulted itself to the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Writing for FirstPost Sports, Saj feels that Pakistan's current winning streak is a direct consequence of the bowling attack adopting an attacking brand of cricket.
Pakistan easily chased down 212 with almost 13 overs to spare after a fantastic performance by the bowlers to limit England to a below-par total.
In an interview to Saj for FirstPost Sports, Mohammad Amir explains why after his five year exile, the pace bowler is now ready to move on and is hungry for wickets.