Virat Kohli proud of India's performance in Champions Trophy despite losing final

Postado Junho 20, 2017

There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

Mohammad Amir picked up three early wickets, dismissing Rohit Sharma, who fell on a three-ball duck, India's Captain Virat Kohli, who could just manage to make five runs and Shikhar Dhawan, who trudged off with 21, leaving India at 33 for 3.

Fakhar Zaman s player of the match effort of 114 in the final and 57 in the semifinal has helped him break into the top 100 after just four ODIs as he has gained 58 positions after these two performances to reach 97th rank. A disappointing day but I have a smile on my face because of the way we played across the tournament.

"At one time I remember our hockey team and squash players won world titles regularly and were unbeatable".

Pakistan's victory on Sunday was all the more astounding given a 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4. "So, hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all [cricket] playing nations will come to Pakistan", the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying.

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets, including the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah caught by Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, and went on to win the tournament's Golden Ball award at the top bowler throughout the competition.

"They proved it again today, they can upset anyone on their day".

"The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable", said the former wicketkeeper-batsman, adding the win was a "positive story" for cricket.

"They had to earn their win, credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments".

The four Pakistanis included left-handed opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, pace duo of Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali besides Sarfraz, who also doubles up as the wicketkeeper.

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment. The way they turned things around, it was incredible.

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase", Kohli said.

Playing down the defeat in the final, Kohli said the team can leave United Kingdom with their heads held high for their consistent performances through out the tournament.

With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.

"We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game".