Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Pakistan deserved to win Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli

Pakistan deserved to win Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli

Even as Pakistan were rampaging towards a 300-plus total in the Champions Trophy, penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in the same city.

Mohammad Amir removed all of India's top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

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.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

Out for 3 in the fourth over of the Champions Trophy final, he walked away from the celebrating Indians then stopped to watch the replay on the video screen at The Oval.

Some Kashmiris came out of their homes and celebrated Pakistan's victory by bursting crackers and dancing on the streets.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

"Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team".

Only The Indian Express full-throatedly acknowledge that Pakistan had out-classed India on Sunday. "I have never tried my hand in it but they are pretty good, so they will be fine", Kohli said. They then included Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali in the first team and went on to defeat South Africa and Sri Lanka to secure a place in the semi-finals.

"Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well".

"But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side.

Indians were relying heavily on their star studded top-order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and Amir dismantled the trio in a sensational burst", he added. "And the players nearly drove that conversation, which for us was very new, but also showed a maturity, and the way they turned it around was unbelievable", Arthur said.

"Huge congratulations need to go to Mickey Arthur, Sarfraz Ahmed, the support staff and players for showing great character and turning the team's fortunes around", he said.

"The whole group kept believing".

Virat Kohli (VK): Any what? They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.

The flamboyant cricketer, nicknamed "Boom Boom Afridi", further insisted that just like the 1992 World Cup win gave Pakistan a new generation of match winners, this Champions Trophy victory will also put the country's cricket back on track.

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