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Hafeez hails stunning turnaround

June 19, 2017
PAKISTAN batsman Mohammad Hafeez hits out during his brilliant knock.—Reuters
PAKISTAN batsman Mohammad Hafeez hits out during his brilliant knock.—Reuters

LONDON: Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan’s team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India.

Just two weeks ago, Pakistan were at a low ebb after crashing to a humiliating 124-run defeat against India in the group stage.

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

Gaining sweet revenge over India, Pakistan thrashed their arch rivals by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time.

“It’s a great team effort. After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again,” said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out. “We showed great character. I’m so happy for the nation of Pakistan who have been waiting for this for a long time.”

Published in Dawn, June 19th, 2017