Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik said he had a very special conversation with Yuvraj Singh after the Champions Trophy final in 2017, saying cricket helps generate very good friendships.

Shoaib Malik said Yuvraj Singh advised him to celebrate with his rest of his teammates when they were chatting in the dining room after Pakistan’s historic win in the Champions Trophy final of 2017.

In an unexpected turn of events, Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy played at the Oval in London. Fakhar Zaman’s hundred and valuable contributions from Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam helped Pakistan post a mammoth total of 338.

In reply, India’s top-order was blown away by Mohammad Amir as the Pakistan left-arm fast bowler removed the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply inside the first 10 overs. India never recovered from the early setback despite Hardik Pandya’s late cameo as they were bundled out for 158.

Recalling the conversation with Yuvraj Singh, moments after the Champions Trophy final, Malik said it is a ‘very special’ memory to him.

“In terms of winning that tournament in 2017, yes it was a great feeling to win another ICC Trophy, but I have another memory that is very special to me,” Shoaib Malik, who is married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, told PakPassion.net.

“I remember after the final at The Oval against India sitting in the dining hall talking to Yuvraj Singh and we were just chatting and he said, ‘Your team-mates are celebrating, don’t miss out on this special moment, you should be celebrating with them.’

“It is just a small example of how cricket generates very good friendships no matter where we come from.

“Yes, we do battle on the field and we try our best to win for our country, but off the field, we can still be friends.”

On June 18, Sarfaraz Ahmed celebrated the 3rd anniversary of Pakistan’s historic triumph with his son as the duo recalled the memories of the victory.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, who led Pakistan to glory in the Champions Trophy in 2017, said the final triumph is something that he will cherish for the rest of his life.

“After an extremely long time, in a big event, Pakistan won against India which was a strong team after a very long time in a major tournament. So, everyone in Pakistan was very happy. For me, and even for my family members, 18th June was a date to remember for life. Absolutely, no one can forget,” Sarfaraz Ahmed told CricTracker.

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