'It's no shame losing to a better team,' says Kohli

Frederick Owens
June 21, 2017

Their confidence was dented when they suffered a thumping loss to arch-rivals and neighbours India in their opening match of the campaign and the limp performance put Pakistan's chances of reaching the semi-finals in severe jeopardy.

A young Pakistan team stunned the world and created history on Sunday, thrashing an in-form and star-studded Indian side by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval.

Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. We tried our level best but we just couldn't make things happen. "These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here".

The South Asians arrived in Britain for the eight-team, one-day worldwide tournament as the lowest-ranked side, packed with players still trying to find their feet at the highest level and given little hope of emerging victorious.

"I'm disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I'm proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall". That came in a match in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2004 when the home team scored 344 - but amazingly, India won that match by five runs.

Our bowlers disappointed when it mattered the most.

"And then we just showed great, great character and I am really happy because it's all for the nation of Pakistan because they've been waiting for such a long time".

"We spoke about it in the team meeting", the South Africa-born coach said.

"It has been an up and down ride". We dusted ourselves off after the India defeat in Edgbaston and came back superbly. They kept on believing. "It's a remarkable achievement".

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"With a 10-team World Cup we're hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole". We trusted the players. We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. "We have to identify the players we want to take forward", he added.

And Arthur believes the triumph would serve as a catalyst in reviving global cricket in Pakistan.

Pakistan have been forced to play most of their home matches overseas since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

Imran, however, lamented that Pakistan despite having a huge population was nowhere in other sports globally and has lost its stature in hockey and squash.

Sarfraz spoke about the benefits of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The kind of form the Indian cricket team is in at the moment, Jason Holder's men are sure to have a tough time.

Wasim Akram and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq were among the players from that famous win 25 years ago.

"Look, I think it'll be massive (implication of this victory)". No one cared for those syntax errors due to language limitations.

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