India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Pakistan had to earn their win, says Virat Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that Pakistan were the better side on the day and did not let India off the hook at any point of the match. India crashed to a 180-run defeat to Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 19, 2017 2:47 am
India’s top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were taken out on the cheap by Mohammad Amir. (Source: Reuters)

India were trounced by Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. India were chasing a total of 339 and were dismissed for just 158. Virat Kohli commended the Pakistan team for coming out with the goods on the day and never letting the Indian team off the hook. “Credit to the opposition,” said the Indian captain, “They had to earn their win and made us make those mistakes in the way they bowled and put pressure in the field.”

India’s top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were taken out on the cheap by Mohammad Amir and that, in itself, dented India’s chances. “Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase,” said Kohli, “One good partnership would have been to key to set it up nicely.” It was then all downhill for India. When asked whether the early wickets had an effect on the match, Kohli said that it is “hard to say in the shorter formats of the game.” “When Hardik started hitting, everyone started getting the feeling that if we can take the game deep then we can get closer to the total,” he said.

Hardik Pandya’s innings was the only real positive for India in the match. He scored 76 off 46 balls in an innings peppered with big sixes. But he departed after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja. His wicket effectively signaled the end of India’s challenge. He also reiterated that India were beaten by a better side at The Oval. “We have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today,” he said.

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  1. C
    Jun 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    Liked the Virat's comment, very hilarious .... best thing after Kapil Sharma Laughter show. Spine less performance and has the nerve to comment on behalf of team. Sometimes the icons should be questioned about their flaws, no balls, change of bowling, team selection etc. But then Indians are always Insipid , and will forget all by tomorrow, when we win over minows west Indies next week.
  2. I
    Jun 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    Indian Cricketers earning crores of money regardless of match result, must buy and fly in their own planes.
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    R Srinivasan
    Jun 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    Virat Kohli Co. did nothing to make Pakistan earn their Victory
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    Amit Mukhopadhyay
    Jun 19, 2017 at 11:29 am
    In the post-match presentation Kohli looked abnormal. To be gracious is OK but too much of anything is bad. You can't just lose a match hands down and say "hee hee hee hee hee, we lost ... feels nice, mazaa aa gaya". Dhoni as a captain was a normal guy. How can anybody "enjoy" a loss, that too this kind of a decimation? The Indian captain appeared abnormal. Pakistanis are praising him because they enjo both their team's game and Indian captain's comical reaction at the mike. The jubilant demeanour of Kohli at the mike is like rubbing salt in injury. Why not to be normal? Why not to be real? You don't have to tell us that a game of cricket has been pla . We the millions have our eyes and ears in place. You have to only give your reactions. And is this the reaction: hee hee hee hee hee hee? Stupid expressions by Indian captain in post-match presentation.
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    Sudarshan Nityananda
    Jun 19, 2017 at 7:58 am
    You can't win everything , but Indian sports had a good day yesterday. Srikant won one of the toughest Super Series les in badminton and we beat Pak 7-1 in hockey. It was an India off-day in cricket , with a few slices of luck for the Pak batsmen, so leave it at that. We don't have to make drastic changes to our team.
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    Harminder Singh
    Jun 19, 2017 at 7:39 am
    What rot on the field the Indian side looked down and out whilst fielding Ashwin and Jadeja what plans were they bowling to absolutely senseless and Boom Boom rah couldn't get his act together so you had the reliable Bhuvi then Pandey and even Jadhav had to be relied on so where was Umesh or the other Yadav spinner it was a wash out
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    Awadh Jha
    Jun 19, 2017 at 7:23 am
    Also luck favoured Pakistan besides one umpiring error and sloppy fielding by Indians initially. It appeared the Indians had not factored the speed and accuracy of Amir who had not pla in earlier match against india. It was a surprise like Lasith Malinga John Lever in their first matchrs against India.
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