"I was hoping a team in green and gold would win".
Some estimates suggest Sunday's match between the sub-continental cricket giants at the Oval in south London could attract a worldwide television audience of more than a billion viewers.
India handed Pakistan a 124-run defeat in the first group match before Pakistan defeated South Africa, Sri Lanka and then thrashed England in the semifinals to qualify for its first ever Champions Trophy final.
Defending champions India had got the better of the rivals in the league stage of the ongoing tournament.
It's time for India to move on and do some serious retrospection. Fifty up for Pakistan as India yet to scalp a wicket. The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007. "Hopefully this win will boost up Pakistan cricket". The two have pushed Indian bowlers under pressure.
India bowling: Bhuvneshwar 10-2-44-1, Bumrah 9-0-68-0, Ashwin 10-0-70-0, Pandya 10-0-53-1, Jadeja 8-0-67-0, Jadhav 3-0-27-1. Then Suresh Raina was run out. He was caught at 114 runs (106 balls).
India captain Virat Kohli: "I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters".
Together with fellow all-rounder Imad Wasim (25 not out), he shared an unbroken stand of 71 for the fifth wicket.
This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005.
Admitting that the match between India and Pakistan is always "special", the 32-year-old backed his side to continue to play in the same manner as they have performed so far and emerge victorious. Talking about his bowlers, Kohli said, "With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities". He slogged the next ball over the deep extra cover boundary, and the next ball over the long on boundary. The match between the two sides is always special. Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was unbelievable.
The replay showed medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah overstepped.
He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.
"A guy like Zaman, when players like that get going on their day, it becomes real hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off", Kohli said.
"It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm so proud of the boys", Arthur said.
Unpredictable Pakistan thumped India by a whopping 180 runs to lift the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
"We've seen some really surprising results and it's been awesome for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of", Kohli said. You talk about our players not playing at home but also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see global cricket.
At the other end, Azhar Ali, usually staid and unremarkable, unfurled some shots of his own as Pakistan's openers put together a 128 runs.
"Fakhar, Shadab, Hasan. they all did well and we are heading toward right direction", he said.
"Don't worry about the India match. We played very well and know we have won the final", Ahmed said.