Champions Trophy Final: Pakistan were more intense and passionate than India, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli tried to put up a brave face after India’s crushing defeat to Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval.India won the toss and decided it was a great idea to put Pakistan in to bat. After all, chasing has been their big strength and why not play to your strength in a big profile? Even if that meant chasing against the best bowling attack in the tournament.As luck would have it, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a no-ball early in the Pakistani innings and the beneficiary Fakhar Zaman went on to slam his maiden hundred. Thanks to some listless Indian bowling, Pakistan smashed 338/4 and India’s response was a disaster. Mohammad Amir tore apart the Indian top-order and the rest of the line-up caved in without a fight.However, despite the disappointment, Kohli was all grace and smiles and said all the right things at the post-match presentation ceremony . Dutifully, he congratulated Pakistan and said the victory spoke “volumes of the talent they have.””I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament. The way they turned things around, speaks volumes for the talent they have.”They proved it again – they can upset anyone on their day. It was disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final. (India vs Pakistan Final: Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali break 21-year-old record in dominating start)”Credit to them that they outplayed us in all departments,” said Kohli.advertisementWhat will hurt Indian fans is the abject surrender. India, the high and mighty, were blown away by a team of unpredictable players. There was no semblance of a fight and Kohli conceded Pakistan were more intense on the big day.”This is what happens in sport. 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,” Kohli said.On the eve of the final, Kohli insisted on the need to be calm while Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said his players were super-excited about the game. The mental preparation seemed to be much on the part of the Pakistanis, who were ready to treat this one like a special game.last_img

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