A rampaging Pakistan completed a remarkable turnaround to win their maiden Champions Trophy after beating arch-rivals India by 180 runs in the final at The Oval on Sunday.
Fakhar Zaman led the way for Pakistan with a brilliant 114 off 106 balls, winning the Man of the Match in the process, while Mohammad Amir helped get rid of the dangerous Indian top-three in a destructive spell to trigger a collapse for the Men in Blue.
This was Pakistan's first ICC title triumph since their 2009 World Twenty20 win, but more importantly it broke the jinx of not performing against India in big-ticket matches.
Twitter erupted after Pakistan's win over the overwhelming favourites, with many on this side of the border showing incredible graciousness in lauding Pakistan's spectacular comeback.
Here are some of the tweets after the final:
Pakistan veterans elated after win
Misbah-Ul-Haq, who recently retired, praised the team.
— Misbah Ul Haq (@captainmisbahpk) June 18, 2017
Shahid Afridi, who led the team to the 2009 T20 World Cup win, called the title "memorable".
The architect of the 1992 World Cup win, Imran Khan, heaped praise on Fakhar Zaman. Wasim Akram, on the other hand, compared the win to the 1992 World Cup title.
Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar's raw talent in action.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 18, 2017
Even India's cricketers congratulated Sarfraz Ahmed and Co.
Virender Sehwag, the inspiration behind the "baap, baap hota hai" jokes, showed true sportsman spirit in lauding Pakistan.
Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today. Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 18, 2017
Suresh Raina praised Hardik Pandya, who was one of India's rare shining lights in the final.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra credited Sarfraz's captaincy for the turnaround.
Well played, padosi...completely outplayed us in all departments. Sarfaraz's captaincy, Fakhar's batting & Hassan's bowling turned it around
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 18, 2017
Commentator Harsha Bogle summed up Pakistan's journey in the tournament in just one tweet.
Congratulations Pakistan. Worthy winners after a dramatic comeback to the Champions Trophy — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 18, 2017
Bollywood celebrities also took to Twitter to post their congratulatory messages.
Congrats Pak-played a helluva final👏🏾Some brilliant teams hav lost finals recently..Juve,Cavs & now Team India-funky sorta season.. #INDvPAK
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 18, 2017
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) June 18, 2017
There were also some who lampooned Ravindra Jadeja for his role in running out Hardik Pandya, who until then has been playing a blinder of an innings when he was run-out on 76.
Players like Pandya work hard..practice hard..look for a big opportunity to show their talent.. and then there is Jadeja.. #INDvPAK
— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) June 18, 2017
Pandya waiting for jadeja in changing room. pic.twitter.com/qf5siiG11J
— Baba 🇮🇳 (@GyanDoBaba) June 18, 2017
There were some who dug up an old tweet from Pandya to make jokes.
Sometimes in life, people closest to you end up disappointing you the most. Not cool, bro!
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 14, 2017
And then there were others who trolled Jasprit Bumrah for his no ball which gave Zaman a reprieve.
Don't cross the LOC, Bumrah!
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) June 18, 2017
Here are some more tweets trolling Team India:
England is such a beautiful country, thanks ICC for organising this awesome tour .
- dinesh kartik & mohammad shami
— Being Bing (@ya_jhakaas) June 18, 2017
Whatever happens tonight, just don't break your TV sets. — Bombay High Court (@2OFFICIAL4YOU) June 18, 2017
— Mask (@Mr_LoLwa) June 18, 2017
Meanwhile, there were those who took heart that India at least won against the arch-rivals in hockey.
— EUPHROSYNE (@SukhieB) June 18, 2017
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Updated Date: Jun 19, 2017 13:29:07 IST