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India vs Pakistan Final, Champions trophy 2017: Virat Kohli Wins Pakistani Hearts With Sportsman Spirit

Cricketnext Staff |June 19, 2017, 1:22 PM IST
India vs Pakistan Final, Champions trophy 2017: Virat Kohli Wins Pakistani Hearts With Sportsman Spirit

New Delhi: India might have lost the final of the Champions Trophy to arch-rivals Pakistan, but skipper Virat Kohli has won the hearts with his post-match speech where he praised Pakistan for showing the world once again that they can play like champions on their day. Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir were the stars as Pakistan demolished India in the final and Kohli was graceful in defeat.

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.

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.”

Surely Kohli is a winner here despite failing to rise to the occasion in the final.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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