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Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed emphasised the need for an India-Pakistan cricket match in a podcast interview with Nadir Ali. He stated that these contests were not simply any regular competition, but rather big events that drew large crowds and a lot of attention.

Sarfaraz Ahmed noted that India had several excellent batsmen, including legends such as Kohli, Dhawan, and Yuvraj Singh. He was, however, proud of Pakistan’s youthful players, who had led the team to new heights.

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Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory in 2017 is being hailed as the greatest comeback story in cricket history. With a crushing setback at the hands of arch-rivals India, the squad was practically eliminated from the competition. They came back, however, and advanced to the final against India once more.

They triumphed against all odds and expectations. The victory was so significant that many believe it surpassed their World Cup victory in 1992. Sarfaraz Ahmed, the captain, became a national hero as the entire country celebrated the team’s victory. The momentous victory was a monument to the team’s tenacity and determination, and it will go down in cricket history as one of Pakistan’s most memorable moments.

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“We had only 2 experienced players in Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Maik” – Sarfaraz Ahmed

Significant developments have occurred in Pakistan cricket during the previous six years. While Babar Azam is currently regarded as Pakistan’s next major star in international cricket, the team’s former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed struggled to regain his place in the Test squad.

Sarfaraz, on the other hand, managed to upset an Indian team that was loaded with stars by 180 runs, which he views as the pinnacle of his career. In 2017, Pakistan had a team full of talented young players who managed to shock everyone by defeating India in the ICC tournament final when no one had given them a chance.

“This is a memory (winning the Champions Trophy) that I can never forget. To win a final against India cannot be described in words. Had it been a normal match, it wouldn’t have been such a big deal.

“We had won matches against India earlier as well, in ICC events, and bilateral series – in fact, we have won more. But to win against such a team, which could chase down any total was incredible,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said on The Nadir Ali Podcast.

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“No runs were enough for them. India had MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, and Virat Kohli, whereas we had players who were yet to lose their milk teeth. We had kids, who today are taking Pakistan cricket to greater heights.
“Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan Faheem Ashraf, they were all young players. If you compare their team with ours, there was no comparison. We had only 2 experienced players Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Maik. The rest of the guys were so raw and new,” Sarfaraz Ahmed added.
 Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time. Pakistan’s total was their highest in any ICC tournament final. The margin of victory was the largest in any ICC ODI tournament final in terms of runs.