It is a tough pill to swallow: Cook

Alastair Cook was feeling crushed after England wasted another chance to win a major one-day title here on Sunday.

The English skipper admitted that it was his lowest moment as captain of the side. “We had high hopes coming into today of achieving something really special,” Cook noted after the hosts lost a rain-curtailed Champions Trophy final by five runs to India.

“We had the opportunity. I think we’ve got to thank the groundsmen for doing a fantastic job to get us out there. At least we had the opportunity to win the game. Sitting here, if we would have not played the game, you'd always wonder what might have been. So, yeah, credit to all the guys that worked really hard to get us out there. Yes, it's a tough place at the moment. But we'll look at, I’m sure, the emotions out of it. We'll build again for 2015, the next global tournament,” he remarked. 

Cook was particularly disappointed at losing a match which they should have won. England needed 20 runs off 16 balls with six wickets in hand when they lost their head and match. “Clearly from there, you back yourself to win more times than you do to lose. But it shows you how quickly games can change in Twenty20 when you lose a couple of wickets. And the new guys coming in on that wicket were always going to find it quite hard to hit those runs. I mean, we got close, obviously that was a really good partnership from Morgs (Eoin Morgan) and Ravi (Bopara) to get us back into the game.
But, yeah, we would probably win those games more times than not.  But it’s a tough pill to swallow,” he analysed. 

Cook termed Ian Bell’s stumping decision by TV umpire Bruce Oxenford as a poor one. Bell appeared to have dragged his foot back in to the crease just enough to get the benefit of doubt but the umpire thought otherwise. “I only saw the replay a couple of times on the Belly one. Maybe he (umpire) saw a different angle than we saw. It looked pretty clear that it was in, but he's paid to make the decisions. If he had made the decision, it's the umpire's game, so that's it. Look, towards the end, spinning as much as that is, it was very hard for the new guys coming in. So we needed a batter in at the end if we wanted to win that game.”

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