“They can upset anyone on their day”, Kohli said after the match.
Addressing the pre-match press conference, Kohli said he had never tried his hand at hockey but is confident that the Indian team will come out with flying colours.
“It was disappointing. Congos to Pakistan. Things weren’t happening for them and then they win a tournament”.
“We cant take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day”. They’re struggling at the 9 position with meagre 77 rating points, and that makes it all the more hard for them to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019. We can see MS Dhoni right behind Shami taking back him into the dressing room to stop the heated interaction.
“In the end. you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition”.
Although Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching when Azhar was run out, the left-hander swiftly made amends, adopting a particularly aggressive approach against spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as he dashed from 50 to 100 in just 32 balls.
In fact, India defeated Pakistan in by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston, which made the Green’s championship win even harder to predict.
“As soon as the game ended, celebrations mirroring the 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20 wins began across the country”, he added.
Fakhar Zaman’s maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan’s formidable total of 338-4.
These numbers indicate their utter dominance in the two biggest games of the tournament, against two of the toughest opponents: they beat England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare in the semi-finals, and thrashed India by 180 runs in the final.
Fakhar endured a torrid time at the start of his innings and was caught behind for three off Jasprit Bumrah, only to earn a reprieve due to the bowler over-stepping. “We need to move on and learn from our mistakes”, Kohli said. Alongside a photo of the hockey team, the paper featured an image of Kidambi Srikanth, who won the Indonesia Superseries Premier badminton tournament earlier in the day. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs from 43 balls.