Speaking at the post-match press conference, Kohli said: "Congratulations to Pakistan and their fans on this victory. The way they turned things around speaks volumes of the talent they have in their side. They can upset anyone on their day. Credit to Pakistan as they outplayed us in all departments of the game. We never took anyone lightly in this tournament and they were just more intense and more passionate than us on the day."
Twitter was full of praise for the India skipper with tweets coming in from across the border.
Virat Kohli, full of respect towards arch rivals and victorious opponents today, is such a remarkable ambassador for the game.— Mirza Waheed (@MirzaWaheed) June 18, 2017
Credit too to @imVkohli for being gracious to PK and their fans - no greater team to play against— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) June 18, 2017
Even legends like Shane Warne and Brendon McCullum took note of Kohli’s sportsman spirit. While Warne wrote: “Congrats Pakistan on a wonderful victory. To @imVkohli & your team, well played through the tournament & well spoken after the game #CT17 !”
McCullum wrote: “India excellent throughout tournament except today. Impressed how well @imVkohli spoke post match. Gracious in defeat.”
India excellent throughout tournament except today. Impressed how well @imVkohli spoke post match. Gracious in defeat.— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) June 18, 2017
Surely Kohli is a winner here despite failing to rise to the occasion in the final.