Kohli philosophical after Champions final collapse

Five miles down the road on Sunday, his spellbinding work with the ball hurried Pakistan to a surprise victory over India, their greatest rivals, in the final of the Champions Trophy.But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his team-mates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan’s 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman’s 114, the left-handed opener’s maiden one-day global hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.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.The last time Pakistan won a major 50-over ICC tournament was also during Ramadan, when Khan led his team over England in the 1992 final at Melbourne, Australia.But a brilliant century by Fakhar Zaman laid the foundations for an imposing total of 338 for four and Mohammad Amir came up with a devastating opening spell to rip out the cream of India’s batting, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.”So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening”.The player of the match was, quite correctly, awarded to Pakistani batsman, Fakhar Zaman.Even in the post-match press conference, Virat Kohli said, “They (Pakistan) deserved to win”.It was Pakistan’s first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns.Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favourites India with the title up for grabs. The Green Shirts had entered as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, with nobody predicting they would go on to lift the trophy. “It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive”.”Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the finals – (but) we were outplayed in all departments”. We knew we’d prepared well, we knew that game was an aberration, we knew we were better than that. “Hopefully, we can post more than 300″, Sarfraz said.”They were playing the best teams in the world, and Pakistan was number eight”.”They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win”.Kohli said: “They can upset anyone on their day. I took my time to begin with, you look at the wicket, and then play your natural game”.