Reacting to the defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy final, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that the lucky reprieve that centurion Fakhar Zaman got off a no ball proved to be a massive factor in the match.
"Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was consistent throughout, we backed out strengths (to chase)," said Kohli post India’s loss.
Kohli also defended the decision to chase in the finals. "We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.
"We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, who's knock was outstanding," he added.
Kohli was pleased with his team's efforts despite Sunday's loss. "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have.
"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," Kohli added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent