Small margins can be massive in cricket, says Virat Kohli

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

"They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did", Kohli told a news conference.

"Our team has presented us with a best gift in the holy fasting month of Ramadan", said Shabbir Ali Asghar, a 14-year-old student, as he watched the final with friends on television in Rawalpindi. Credit to Pakistan. They outplayed us.

"Despite losing early wickets we were looking for a big partnership to set up the game nicely. They were more intense and more passionate", he said.

"The fans not identifying with their heroes because they just don't see worldwide cricket. We will take that on the chin and move on", he added.

Young gun Babar Azam has risen three spots into fifth on the batting rankings, joining defeated India captain Virat Kohli (first), Australia vice-captain David Warner (second), Proteas skipper AB de Villiers (third) and England's Joe Root (fourth) among the top echelon of ODI batsmen.

Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, gave a brief flicker of hope to the Blue Shirts, handily knocking 76 runs off 43 balls. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

Mohammad Hafeez dedicated a stunning ICC Champions Trophy success to the public of Pakistan after thrashing India at The Oval.

"Rarely have I seen Pakistan deliver such a clinical performance in a tournament decider and annihilating hot favourite India came as a pleasant surprise", he added.

Hasan Ali was responsible for taking the last Indian wicket, leaving the Blue Shirts with 158 runs from 30.3 overs. Junaid Khan also chipped in with a wicket.

Fakhar Zaman capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 4-338 in the Champions Trophy final against India at The Oval. You understand those dynamics as a team.

For Indian fans, the game ended in disaster: Pakistan put on display a top-notch performance, winning by 180 runs. Sometimes you get dropped or survive because of a no-ball but you don't go on and score too many runs.

45 Runs scored by Zaman off R Ashwin, the most runs scored by any batsman off Ashwin in an ODI. The left-hander was literally brutal as he smashed 12 fours and 3 massive sixes during the course of the innings.

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first global century before falling for 114. Everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way.

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