Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he hoped his side's stunning 180-run Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India would be a catalyst for the full return of global cricket to his homeland.
He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win for the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament who lost heavily to India in the group stage.
India's lineup remained unchanged for the match, whereas Pakistan replaced Rumman Raees with Muhammad Amir.
A matchup between the two sides is seen as the world's premier cricket contest, despite the fact in recent years the outcome has generally been one-sided in India's favour - particularly in knockout tournaments.
After winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that they are not taking Pakistan for granted and are looking forward to put their best foot forward.
The war of words had always been there, but the curses, trolls, and uncalled for verbal volleys on social media have made an India-Pakistan tie into a very ugly affair in the recent past and it isn't much different in the build up to the ICCChampions Trophy final. "To be able to maintain that balance nicely has been a good thing for me", said Kohli, making his point of view clear.
"They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final", added the Indian skipper.More news: Sophos Group (LON:SOPH) Analyst Target Changes
India vs Pakistan final to begin at 3 pm IST.
But that loss was forgotten like a distant nightmare on Sunday as Pakistan celebrated their biggest 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup triumph in Australia. I said when we arrived here, we have nothing to lose and we have nothing to lose today too.
As well as Kohli, their top order boasts the likes of dynamic opening pair of Rohit Sharma, fresh from a hundred in a nine-wicket semi-final rout of Bangladesh, and Shikhar Dhawan.
"On their day they can beat any side in the world", the India captain said of Pakistan. Khan averages 21.50 against India and taken eight wickets in five matches.
Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, including six huge sixes, to give India hope of a dramatic revival but he was run out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and left the arena shaking his head in an obvious state of frustration.