Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman revealed that Virat Kohli sledged him and Azhar Ali by saying "if we get one wicket the rest will follow" while Jasprit Bumrah, too, had a go at the opener during the Champions Trophy final. Zaman went on to score 114 in the match as Pakistan lifted their maiden title.
Fakhar Zaman played a pivotal role in Pakistan's 180-run victory over India in the Champions Trophy final. Zaman along with Azhar Ali put up a 128-run opening stand before slamming his maiden hundred as Pakistan posted a monstrous 338 runs on the board. Hasan Ali and Mohammed Amir, then, followed it up with a dazzling bowling performance bundling out India for a paltry 158.
However, Zaman said that he was
“There was a lot of chatter when Azhar Ali and I were at the crease. Virat was constantly saying, "Arre,
“Bumrah had me caught behind, but it was off a no ball. So, he was also very vocal. On one occasion, he said, "Thoda
However, the 27-year old admitted that the words used during the game were permissible and "cricket-related".
“But to be honest, the Indian players didn’t cross any line. Actually, that was purely cricket-related and positive sledging, which is fine. Everyone wants to see his team win and they do their best to achieve that,” added the Pakistan opener.
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