India, looking to retain the Champions Trophy, went down without a fight as they collapsed to 158 all out, and Amir felt his spell was crucial.
“Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form, so I was looking for early wickets – and I did it,” he said.
Pakistan’s first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup reflected well on their Australian coach Mickey Arthur, who kept his squad from losing focus after their dismal display against the Indians earlier in the tournament.
Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe-to-toe with tournament favourites India with the title up for grabs.
“It’s been an up-and-down ride for us, but I’m so proud of the boys,” Arthur said.
“The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India.
“That was an aberration. We want to be more consistent as a team. We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly,” added the former South African after Pakistan’s first major global tournament success since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 in England.