Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side - which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 - was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth worldwide innings.
After scoring a mammoth 338 runs, Pakistan shot India down at 158 runs to secure one of the greatest victories in the history of cricket.
Despite the heavy loss, Kohli had a smile on his face.More news: Bihar Governor Kovind is NDA nominee for President's post
"It's true that my nephew Sarfraz Ahmed is playing for Pakistan and we wish him and his team all the very best".
"All credit goes to my bowlers, Mohammed Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Hafeez, they bowled really well".
Pakistan's success in this tournament has been built on their ability to take wickets and Mohammad Amir who has bowled well in this tournament for little reward came to the fore in that regard. "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.More news: SMMT calls for interim trade agreements with European Union as Brexit talks begin
Other batsmen in the top five are Rohit Sharma (304, 5 matches), Tamim Iqbal (293, 4 matches), Joe Root (258, 4 matches), Virat Kohli (258, 5 matches).
The future of the tournament is at risk as the ICC prepares to hold its annual conference in London on the back of a successful eighth edition, won by Pakistan after a final against India with an estimated viewing audience in the hundreds of millions.
Pakistan, who had lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments and started this event the lowest ranked of all the eight teams taking part, were now on the brink of a sensational win.
"After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet". "The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India".More news: New 'transforming' Forever Stamp commemorates August 21 total solar eclipse
"Players and management of the team deserve the nation's profound gratitude and appreciation for their remarkable performances displayed today", PM's Office media wing in a press release quoted the prime minister as saying.
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