LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas while stating that Pakistan have bright chances of winning against arch-rivals India in Sundayâ€™s Champions Trophy final, has held out hope that Sarfraz Ahmedâ€™s charges will beat Virat Kohliâ€™s men in the same manner they thrashed Pakistan in the tournament opener.
â€œNow is the time for Pakistan to beat India in the same way they defeated us in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy,â€ Zaheer said while talking on Thursday.
About Pakistanâ€™s chances of winning against India, Zaheer said he was optimistic about victory in the high-octane final against the traditional rivals. â€œThe way Pakistan team played against England gives us an impression that they are now in a position to do something special for the country in the all important match,â€ maintained legendary Zaheer.
â€œPakistan outclassed England in all departments. They bowled well, their fielding was extra-ordinary while they also batted very well to pull off a comfortable victory against hot favourites England,â€ he further said.
Also the former Test batsman rubbished England captain Eoin Morganâ€™s post-match remarks that Pakistan won against England because the greenshirts had already been in Cardiff playing their second consecutive match. â€œThese are just lame excuses because English players play most of their county cricket on these pitches. Had any other captain made the remarks it would have made a sense,â€ remarked Zaheer who was all praise for youngsters.
â€œThe new faces have given Pakistan a new life with their energetic efforts. I would like to praise all new players including Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Faheem Ashraf for playing a positive role in rebuilding Pakistan team. Future of Pakistan cricket will be brighter if they press ahead with their efforts with the same zeal,â€ he commented
â€œYoung cricketers should try to earn permanent places in the team with hard work,â€ Zaheer added.