India captain Virat Kohli was brutally honest in assessing his team’s below-par performance in a chastening 180-run loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.
India, strong favourites to retain the title, were outplayed in every aspect of the game by a revitalised Pakistan side who they crushed in the group stage of the tournament two weeks ago.
“They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did,” Kohli told a news conference.
“They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today.”
Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India’s much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir.
“Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase,” Kohli said. “Then we kept losing wickets. One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition.”