Pakistan were more intense and passionate on the day, says India captain Virat Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli commended the Pakistan team for their intensity and passion throughout the tournament. He admitted that India were second-best at The Oval in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 18, 2017 10:56 pm
Virat Kohli commended Pakistan for turning it around in the tournament. (Source: Reuters)

Indian captain Virat Kohli credited the Pakistan team for showing more intensity on the day and winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. India were crushed in the final by Pakistan as they fell short of their target of 339 by 180 runs. It was a day when India’s famed top order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli himself. All three were back in the hut even before the end of the 10th over.

“I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have,” said Kohli in the post-match presentation, “They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.” India had been unbeaten against Pakistan in all but two ICC fixtures before this and it was only the third time that the two teams were playing in the final of an ICC tournament.

“Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments, this is what happens in sport,” said Kohli, “We can’t take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn’t show any resistance apart from Hardik, whose knock was outstanding.”

Hardik Pandya gave India a glimmer of hope but he was dismissed on 76 off 46 balls. That all but ended the Indian challenge. Kohli said that India simply weren’t good enough on the day and they will now move on from this result. “Small margins can be massive but we’ve only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forwards and learn from our mistakes,” said Kohli, “The pitch was consistent throughout, we backed out strengths but wren’t good enough.”


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    Nitin Baggara
    Jun 19, 2017 at 5:20 am
    india lost because of its hateful prime minister and the people who blindly follow him. when a nation becomes savage and arrogant, this is what happens to it. it loses from the weakest opponent. period.
    1. Ali King
      Jun 19, 2017 at 4:23 am
      Tu captain hai...Dhoni nahi ban sakta tu. Over excitement ki dukaan. Tum log kya taali bajane gaye thai kam se fight tou karte, ki tarah haar ke aa gaye. Izzat mitti mein mila di Dhoni ki. pura pakistan kaanpta tha Dhoni ke naam se tu namakharam Sehwag ke chakar mein reh gaya.
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        don gabriela
        Jun 19, 2017 at 3:56 am
        Sheepish words from a grace less team leader and a vitriolic nation.....admit that Pakistan thrashed the living daylights out of your team and made you look like a school girls team.... instead of oh of we always win but today...blah lost to a superior and fired up excuses
        1. Venkat Pokkunuri
          Jun 19, 2017 at 1:52 am
          This is a national shame because our batting line up is b ed as the best or one of the best in world. not a single top order bats man is able to face pak bowlers fire pace where as, pak bats man simply tore apart our pace ansd spinners.some thing/s went grossly wrong not 1stbatting/bowling not just a given day performance issue. since olden days, pak bowlers very effectively used reverse swing and targetting legs (LBWS) against Indian and other batsman their bowling coach, Azar mehmood gave an excellent coaching. Indian team looked as if, they went for a site seeing and gave an imppression that, mere their presence would bring win. it is clear that, they did not do any home work for final they took it for granted the result is not just defeat being trashed very badly Kholi better eesign as captain and focus on his batting techinique, foot work and learn to play top seemers in the world and reverse swing. he is a truly spirited sports man
          1. P
            Jun 19, 2017 at 1:46 am
            The amount of investment/expenditure that goes to Indian cricket does not call for an imbecile, immature and clueless performance like this. Lack of energy and team work is the culprit. And lack of a real captain. Dhoni would have at least given a close fight.
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