India captain Virat Kohli: Pakistan completely outplayed us in Champions Trophy final

Cheryl Sanders
June 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.

India captain Virat Kohli defended his decision to bowl on a flat track and said a lucky reprieve for centurion Fakhar Zaman proved to be a costly one in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan here on Sunday.

But for someone, who is a different beast with the red ball, Ashwin is not bowling enough wicket-taking deliveries.


On the sidelines of the adrenaline gushing evening of a high-tension cricket match between Pakistan and India, we caught MS Dhoni having a light moment as he carried Sarfaraz Ahmed's adorable little baby boy Abdullah in his arms!

"This is the first ICC event for many of these players".

The Telegraph also played the hockey win big, though it was also acknowledged Pakistan's win.


The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which comprised former captains Michael Atherton of England, India's Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, as chairman.

He dismissed three of the world's top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell. Junaid Khan also chipped in with a wicket. "All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard", the Pakistan captain said.

Arthur said on Sunday: "It's been an up and down ride for us, but so proud of the boys". We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing. "But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side".


Earlier, Fakhar made the most of an early reprieve after Kohli won the toss and sent Pakistan in on a typically good Oval pitch, with the sunny conditions seemingly ideal for batting. We knew we'd prepared well, we knew that game was an aberration, we knew we were better than that. "This win will be remembered not just today or tomorrow but for a long, long time".

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