Afridi terms Pakistan’s win historic, stresses importance of consistency

KARACHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi has termed Pakistan’s win in the ICC Champions
Trophy as one which will go down in the history books.

Speaking to journalists after attending an event here on Tuesday, Afridi said: “What Sarfraz and his
team have done will go down in history. When miracles happen they are remembered for a long
time.”

Afridi added that only a few people had expectations from the team to reach the semi-final.

“They won the trophy and I would like to congratulate the entire country and in my opinion, the
way the Pakistani people treated those cricketers with respect, love and the way they were
welcomed is the most important thing for me.”

More needs to be done
The former skipper stated that more needs to be done to improve the state of Pakistan cricket and
there should be no complacency with this win. Afridi called for an improvement in the structure,
pitches, umpiring and equipment moving forward.

“We should not think that after winning one trophy we have conquered the world. A lot needs to
be done in domestic cricket. Winning and losing are part of the game as we saw with Australia and
New Zealand. Consistency is the most important thing. There needs to be a system to ensure that
Pakistan keeps winning trophies.”

Pakistan the lowest-ranked team in the tournament shocked the world when they defeated India by
180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday.

Since the victory, there have been celebrations all across the country and the cricketers have been
given a hero’s welcome upon their return home.

This was Pakistan’s first ICC ODI tournament win since the 1992 World Cup. The team also had
success in the T20 format, taking home the World T20 title in 2009.
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Hockey World League: India steamrolls Pakistan by 7-1

While the world was engrossed in the ICC Champions Trophy title clash between India and
Pakistan at London, the Indian hockey team decimated Pakistan by winning the semi final in Pool B
match of Hockey World League by 7-1 here today.   With this victory, the Indian team has
reached the top of Pool B with nine points.

Drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh, Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored twice, while
Pradeep Mor scored one goal. Pakistan’s only goal was made by Muhammad Umar.

The Indian team, led by Manpreet Singh, lead 3-0 in the first half, after which Pakistan had no
chance of making a comeback.

Team India’s first goal was scored by drag flicker Harmanpreet in the 13th minute on a penalty
corner. This was the second goal in Harmanpreet’s tournament. In the 21st minute of the second
quarter, Talwinder scored a fine goal after a brilliant effort from Sardar Singh from the left end. SV
Sunil deflected the ball and Talwinder netted the ball in the final moments.

In the 24th minute, Talwinder made another spectacular goal by leading India 3-0. With the start of
the second half, Harmanpreet converted a penalty corner for India. India has now moved ahead by
4-0. Akashdeep Singh scored India’s fifth goal in the 47th minute.(PTI)
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Kohli fastest to 8000 ODI runs

NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli has become the quickest batsman to 8000 runs in one-day
international cricket, beating AB de Villiers' mark in seven fewer innings. Kohli crossed the 8000-
run mark in his 175th innings, during the course of his unbeaten 96 off 78 deliveries against
Bangladesh in Thursday's ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in Birmingham.

South African captain de Villiers needed 182 innings to get to 8000 runs in August 2015, beating
Sourav Ganguly's previous record of 200 innings. In 2002, Ganguly had gone past Sachin
Tendulkar's mark of 210 innings, entering the 8000 club in his 200th innings.

Earlier this year, South Africa opener Hashim Amla had broken Kohli's record of being the
quickest to 7000 runs in ODIs, getting there in his 150th innings. Kohli had taken 166 to do so.
Amla is also the fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 runs. Amla, 34, is currently at 7186
runs in 153 ODI innings.

7 Number of appearances for India in finals of ICC ODI tournaments. This is their fourth
Champions Trophy final. They won in 2013, shared the trophy in 2002, and lost in 2000. India will
play Pakistan for the first time in the final of an ICC 50-overs event. They beat Pakistan in the final
of the World Championship of Cricket in Melbourne in 1985, a tournament contested by the top
seven ODI teams at the time.

175 Innings taken by Virat Kohli to reach 8000 ODI runs - the fastest for any cricketer. He went
past AB de Villiers, who got to the landmark in 182 innings.

680 Runs scored by Shikhar Dhawan in Champions Trophy matches - the most by an Indian.
Dhawan is currently fourth in the list of all-time run-getters in this tournament.

16 Wickets for Ravindra Jadeja in the Champions Trophy - the most by an Indian. Zaheer Khan is
second with 15 wickets in the same number of matches (nine).

264 Highest target successfully chased at Edgbaston in a 50-over match. Before Thursday's game,
261, by England against Australia in 2004, was the highest score chased down.

11 Centuries for Rohit Sharma in ODIs. He is now joint seventh along with Gautam Gambhir in the
list for most centuries by Indians.

19 Wickets taken by India between overs 11 and 40 in this Champions Trophy, the most by any
team in this tournament. Pakistan are second with 18 wickets in this phase.

3 Fifty-plus scores for Tamim Iqbal versus India in ICC tournaments - joint second-most for any
batsman against India. Ricky Ponting has three. Tamim now has four fifties from his last five innings.
In this tournament Tamim scored 293 runs from four innings at an average of 73.25.
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Shah Rukh Khan to buy a T20 team in South Africa: Reports

Bollywood superstar and Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan is reportedly set to buy a
team in the South African domestic T20 competition if reports in the media are to be believed. He
already owns two T20 franchises; Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and
Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League. He will reportedly buy a newly formed
franchise.

Shah Rukh's interest in South Africa's T20 league was reported by the Mumbai-based daily
Mumbai Mirror. The report states that the South African board has been looking to expand their
ventures in India and if Shah Rukh Khan indeed becomes one of the owners of the eight new
franchises, they will go a long way in achieving their goals. The owners of the eight new teams will
be announced at the Lords Cricket Stadium in London on June 19.

Shah Rukh Khan is reportedly interested in buying a team from the city of Cape Town of
Johannesburg. Apart from the Bollywood superstar, other Indian businessmen are also interested in
buying a franchise in the T20 Global League of South Africa. The CSA offers Tier 1 city teams for
$ 50 million which will have to be paid over a period of 10 years and Tier 2 cities for $ 30 million.
The salary cap is set at $ 1.5 million (about Rs 10 crore) a year in comparison to IPL at Rs 66
crore a year.
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