A fortnight on from being thrashed by India in their opening group match at Edgbaston, Mickey Arthur's side looked a totally different team as they followed up their semi-final hammering of hosts England by trouncing the defending champions. "Credit to them for winning the title".
"Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team".
"We showed great character".
Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day global century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.
The bowlers then produced a superb spell as they reduced the much-vaunted India batting line-up to just 158 all out to win by a massive margin of 180 runs.
"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets - and I did it", said Amir. In the 1992 World Cup, 23-year-old Inzamam-ul-Haq slammed 60 off 37 balls in the semifinal against New Zealand to help Pakistan win.
"We certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn't have anything going our way in that partnership". "We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions", said Sarfraz. But the thing about that loss (first match), we knew that was an aberration.
"That was an aberration". The ICC are keen on the latter competition as it generates more income and involves associate teams. "It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive", wrote former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi in his blog for ICC.
"It was a great achievement by the boys and full credit to them. However, our batting and bowling were up to the task today", he concluded.
"India team played below the bar in the final which resulted in their doom", he said.
Hasan Ali picked up the award for man of the tournament with his 13 wickets, including three in India's collapse, and the victory was cathartic for Amir in particular after he spent five years banned from the sport for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord's.
The Champions Trophy success will also boost Pakistan's hopes for a second World Cup title when they return to England and Wales in 2019.
The tweet provoked many Pakistani fans and they responded harshly.
"Just before I flew out of Perth yesterday, I saw the toss happening".