Pak were better than us: Kohli

A big boost for us, says Sarfraz

India played near flawless cricket before being outdone by an inspired Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy. It was one rare game where the Men In Blue faltered in all departments. Skipper Virat Kohli was magnanimous in defeat, saying Pakistan deserved to wear the white blazers as they were the better team on the day.

“You have to accept losses, you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you,” said a candid Kohli at the post match press conference. “Yes, we have shown composure in pressure situations most times in this tournament, but that is no guarantee that you're going to do it every time. Obviously your best effort is to try and do it every time, but cricket is not about doing well in every game that you play. You will have failures and one team has to lose on the day, and today was our day to lose because the opposition played much better than us.

“We need to accept and admire the skill of the opposition sometimes. They (Pakistan) also came to express their skill and win a cricket game. They had to own their win and they made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field. We have no hesitations or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today,” added Kohli.
Pakistan coach was a very unhappy man when his team lost to India in their opening group man. On Sunday the anger was replaced my heavy smiles and the South African lavished praise on his squad for living upto their potential. “We knew the calibre of players we had and what their abilities. I'm incredibly proud of the dressing room because they did that. The younger players who have come into the set-up have been fantastic because they've been a breath of fresh air as well as play the fearless brand of cricket.”

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hoped the title triumph would bring about a resurrection back home. “We came here ranked eighth in the world but we are champions now. Hopefully this win boosts up Pakistan cricket and hopefully all nations come and play cricket in Pakistan.”

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