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    "Pakistan outplayed us in every department today" : Virat Kohli

    'Pakistan outplayed us in every department today. Congratulations to the Pakistan teams and their fans'

    'credit to Pakistan they turned things around really well in this tournament; speaks volumes of the amount of talent they have'

    'First question to Kohli at the press conference asks if the no-ball 'wicket' was a pleasant moment. Kohli looks at journo in disgust'

    'Pakistan put us under pressure and they played in such a way they made us make mistakes'

    'you have to admire and respect the skills of the opposition team. Credit to Pakistan'

    'when players like Fakhar who play 80% of their shots as high-risk come off then it's difficult to stop them'

    Q. Winning the toss and a wicket on the no ball, did you feel any pleasant moment in this match?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    Any what?

    Q. Pleasant moment. You won the toss and got a wicket on the no ball. Did you have any other pleasant moments in this match?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    For who?

    Q. For you.

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    How can no ball be pleasant for me?

    Q. Because you got the wicket.

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    Was that even sensible? I don't know what's happening.

    Q. Throughout the tournament you mentioned the word composure, staying cool, not getting excited; where did we go wrong today, considering the fact that we have such a fabulous batting lineup which did not show the accomplishment you probably desired?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    I think everyone desires composure, not just me but the players, as well, individually, and everyone wants to go out there and do well. No one goes out there to throw their wicket away or get out. We give our best every time we go out on the field, and I'm really proud of the way the team has played in this tournament. The cricket is played between two teams. There's no one team on the box, so you have to accept losses, you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you. Yes, we have shown the composure in pressure situations most often in this tournament, but that is no guarantee that you're going to do it every time. Obviously your best effort is to try and do it every time, but cricket is not about doing well in every game that you play. You will have failures, and one team has to lose on the day, and today was our day to lose because the opposition played much better than us.

    Q. You probably thought that 339 was a score that could be chased, but early wickets -- two wickets probably dented it --

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    See, you can never tell in a short format game in a chase because when Hardik started hitting, everyone started getting the feeling that if we could take the game deep -- there was a pleasant moment, sir, for you. (Laughter.) If we can take the game deep, then we can probably get closer to the total, and that's the kind of ability players have these days. But again, a mix-up or an error at that stage, so these things happen on the field, you understand that as cricketers, but yeah, early wickets are never good, especially in a chase. 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. They've also come to express their skill and win a cricket game, and they certainly did. They had to own their win. They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field, as well, and we have no hesitations or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today.

    Q. Virat, I was supposed to ask about Hardik, but you always back him and his talent. Today the way he was batting, we were in the press box, and the Pakistan media were talking about him, maybe he can pull out this from here. Was that thought coming in your mind, as well, when he was hitting so well? And he was very upset; is he all right?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    He's fine. Obviously everyone who plays for the country is committed to winning cricket matches for the team, and he's a very passionate, very committed cricketer. He felt he was in the zone today and he could have done something really special, and that's why the disappointment came out, and that's part of playing international sport. You're so committed, you're so motivated that when things don't happen, and without even it being a mistake, it can get frustrated. You don't understand why it has happened. But yeah, the way he batted today and the way he bowled and the way he fielded, that's exactly why we back him, because he can be the match winner for us in situations where the team is in trouble. I mean, today was a bit too far-fetched because we knew one more wicket and it will keep getting tougher. But yeah, when he was striking it well, I think he also felt and everyone in the changing room felt that if he can go on for a bit more, then things could become interesting, but yeah, unfortunately that didn't happen.

    Q. Virat, you've been extremely honest and gracious, which is a very good quality. I was just wondering from a passionate captain like you how difficult was it seeing the team, the batting disintegrate early, talking purely from a personal point of view, what were your own emotions? When you were out, it's not that the whole team was out, but what did you feel subsequently?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    Yeah, it's always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn't work collectively, and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way. So yeah, I also felt the same kind of emotions, but you know, you've played enough to understand that your job is done, you tried your best, and then you can't control anything afterwards. In the end, you know, you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition, as well, and see that, you know, they also have come to win a game of cricket. Not that we are not playing at our best; we tried our level best, but we just couldn't make things happen today. But personally, yes, it does feel bad. But you have to understand that you can only control so many things and the game has to move on from there on, so that's the kind of thinking I have when these things happen.

    Q. Virat, I imagine you're not happy that you have lost a match but you are still happy you have done very well in this tournament. Do you feel what Pakistan did today is a big moment in our region because Pakistan and India are playing at the same level in the same region, so do you think it will be a move for the regional cricket in Pakistan?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    I cannot comment on that, but they really had a good performance. I congratulated them in the post-match. I would do the same here because they deserved to win. They certainly played really good cricket, and they also needed victories like these for them as a team. You understand those dynamics as a team. Things are not happening and then you win a tournament like this. So yeah, credit to them for winning the title today.

    Q. For a bowler like Ashwin, white ball cricket, like do you think as a technical person he needs to revisit his plans when he's bowling with two new balls on flat decks, especially when it's a challenge for spinners? Do you think -- what is your take as captain?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    Every spinner has challenges on flat decks, even every spinner could go for runs like when Hardik started hitting today, although the late spinner was bowling well, he could still travel for runs. You can't really sit and pinpoint these things in white ball cricket, especially on wickets like these where if a batsman gets going, it really becomes difficult for the spinner and people are slogging across the line and getting away with it. You can't really do much as a spinner because you're making them play where you want to play, but still, they are executing those shots. There's only so much you can do as a bowler, I feel, watching from the sideline, and then you have to accept that, yes, this was a high-risk shot and I can accept getting hit for 4 on a short like that. It's not humanly possible to not concede boundaries and sixes. You have to understand whether you made the batsman hit where you wanted him to hit and take a risk, or you have bowled a bad ball. I think that's the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more.

    Q. You said that you played with a game plan against Pakistan, keeping in mind the opposition. Do you think somewhere playing two spinners on this track backfired? Would you say that?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    Not at all. We created a combination after the loss against Sri Lanka. We didn't want to be too predictable from there on in the tournament, and two spinners together did a good job for us. I have no regrets in playing the combination that we played today, and we have stuck to the same ever since we lost to Sri Lanka, so I have no feelings otherwise about the combination.

    Q. How much did Zaman's and Azhar's high-risk cricket upset the bowlers' rhythms where they couldn't actually get plans? How much did it actually upset the bowlers' rhythms?
    VIRAT KOHLI:
    See, when a guy like -- I mean, Azhar is a very conventional cricketer; he plays shots that you can plan against, and you can still have bowling plans and so forth, but a guy like Zaman, when he gets going because he plays a number of shots, when players like that get going on their day, it becomes real difficult to stop them because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off. So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening and you try to hit the best day as possible for those players. But sometimes you have to sit and say, the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything. You can only do so much. As I said, the control of us becomes very little when people are going well like that, and we certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn't have anything going our way in that partnership. Yes, they opened it up a little bit, but they kept going positive, which was something that could have upset the lines and lengths of the bowlers. We tried our best to hit good areas, as I said, but they just batted really well today.

    Q. For India's bowling in terms of the extras conceded, 25 extras, how disappointing was that to see, and why do you think it happened?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    The extras are something that're - never a good feeling to concede so many. That is something that we need to keep a check on. You know, those things are something that are controllable. A guy hitting a good shot is something that after a stage it's not in your control, you've already bowled the ball, but conceding extras is something that we can control as a team, and yeah, I mean, 25 extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that's something that we certainly need to take care of in the future. Obviously the same bowlers are going to play, the same guys are going to be bat. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's better for the team in the future. So yeah, that's an area we certainly need to look at.

    Q. For a quality team, how hard is it to sit down and analyse these defeats? I mean, is that another challenge as captain?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    Not at all. I mean, we analyse our victories, also. We analyse defeats, as well. As I said, you learn with every cricket game that you play. It's up to you whether you are open to learning things or you're not. I mean, if you're happy with success and then you're completely ignoring it, and you want to ignore failures or dwell too much in it, it's not a good balance at all. We have identify areas, even in victories, that we can improve at, and this is a loss. I mean, it's the final, so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games. There's nothing -- there's no game that we play that we feel like, oh, we don't even need to look back and see what we can improve on, and definitely when you haven't done things right, more things have gone wrong in a game, you obviously sit down and analyse and learn from it.

    Q. Do you take heart from the fact that you were batting very well in this tournament, given the fact that previously you had not done well in England and given the fact that India has to come here for the next two years for important assignments?

    VIRAT KOHLI:
    I said it when I came here, it doesn't matter if it is happening in England or Australia or South Africa. This is cricket, and we're here to play good games and win games of cricket. It wasn't about me coming to England and doing well. It was about the team doing well, and we have done well to be in the finals. We can be very proud of that as a unit, and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team, but credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the finals, and today we were outplayed in all departments.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 19th June 2017 at 02:18.


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    He gives respect to everyone.

    He also respects Bangladesh a lot.

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    No matter what you say about him, he is ALWAYS gracious in defeat towards opponents. Much better than Dhoni at this.

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    professional statements. Should be expected but still credits

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    Don't care what Kohli says,Dhoni won us more tournaments!! His graciousness means zilch, no wonder RCB never won the final.


    In cricket, my superhero is Sachin Tendulkar. He has always been my hero.
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    More quotes being added from press conf in Post #1


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    As useless as a captain as Sachin ,dragged down Indian cricket to abyss in last 1 year

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    Azhar and Amir exploited his weakness which is also his strength superbly.


    A skilled hawk conceals its talons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuts_and_cuts_hard View Post
    No matter what you say about him, he is ALWAYS gracious in defeat towards opponents. Much better than Dhoni at this.
    No one cares what he does after defeat. No one want's him to be gracious. Does BCCI pays him to be gracious after a defeat ?
    His job is to pick right team.
    Play like a captain.
    Be a man and take difficult decisions.
    When every thing is good he is like "I am champ, the real captain." The moment things get tensed he runs to dhoni like a child runs to his father, for advice. Lol sorry not advice, he literally asks Dhoni to take decisions. What a PHATTU captain.

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    Kohli is a very good sportsman. Unlike Dhoni who always had excuses, Kohli knows when to appreciate opposition team's performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joly View Post
    As useless as a captain as Sachin ,dragged down Indian cricket to abyss in last 1 year
    The same way dhoni led to 2014 world cup final loss 2016 t20 world cupsemi final loss and 2015 world cup semi final loss. today's match ponting and Shane warne praising kohli for having a slip to back Ashwin.bumrah cost us 2016 world t20 and now the world cup with no ball. Law of natur had to take its own course.

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    Im in Srinagar.. the whole valley is thrilled with joy amid all the dreadful things happening here. Crackers bursting everywhere and people shouting slogans of pakistan zindabad, dil dil pakistan on the streets. Never ever in my life seen such joy in the valley. Thanks zaman and co.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Odd_One View Post
    Kohli is a very good sportsman. Unlike Dhoni who always had excuses, Kohli knows when to appreciate opposition team's performance.
    Dhoni:
    2007 T20 WC
    2011 WC
    2013 CT
    #1 test ranking

    Doesn't matter what Kohli says ,he is not reaching Dhoni's level with the tactics he applied in this tournament,gracious my foot bottled it in the one ICC KO we needed him the most.


    In cricket, my superhero is Sachin Tendulkar. He has always been my hero.
    -Virat Kohli

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    Captaining India is no mean job. VK has grey hair in his beard now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramez View Post
    Im in Srinagar.. the whole valley is thrilled with joy amid all the dreadful things happening here. Crackers bursting everywhere and people shouting slogans of pakistan zindabad, dil dil pakistan on the streets. Never ever in my life seen such joy in the valley. Thanks zaman and co.
    Same here. Az log mazze.

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    Very gracious in defeat. My respect for him went up a lot.


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    Who is Kohley?

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    he tool defeat on the chin and some very gracious comments.

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    Lol, Just watched the press conference and the first question was hilarious "did you feel any pleasant moment when you took a wicket on the no ball" Kohli was furious!


    IN PAKISTAN LIES OUR DELIVERANCE,DEFENCE, AND HONOUR.
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    @Madplayer chi kati chuk rozan?

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    You're damn right we did.

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    Good to see Kohli getting more humble will make him even bigger player and star


    جاگن والیاں رجّ کے لٹیا اے،
    سوئے تسیں وی او، سوئے اسیں وی آں۔

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    Yea keep praising the opponents when are you gonna grow a pair and take decisions for which you get paid??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhump View Post
    Good to see Kohli getting more humble will make him even bigger player and star


    Only way he will be a bigger player is if he wins us the WC in 2019.. Else he will be the same as he is now..

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    Sri lanka today looks like an extension of Pakistan...on social media at least

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_gamer007 View Post
    Only way he will be a bigger player is if he wins us the WC in 2019.. Else he will be the same as he is now..
    I dont think he got a smaller name in India he will get more respect all around the world like Sachin,Dhoni Dravid if he get humble and speak as those legends did before him and he is on the right path.

    Where is 19 world cup ?


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    سوئے تسیں وی او، سوئے اسیں وی آں۔

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuts_and_cuts_hard View Post
    No matter what you say about him, he is ALWAYS gracious in defeat towards opponents. Much better than Dhoni at this.
    I was very impressed with his post match interview to Nasser Hussain.

    It maybe fake bravado or just his honest thoughts. Doesn't matter. It's exemplary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhump View Post
    I dont think he got a smaller name in India he will get more respect all around the world like Sachin,Dhoni Dravid if he get humble and speak as those legends did before him and he is on the right path.

    Where is 19 world cup ?
    He will be like ABD if he doesn't win the 2019 WC... True cricket fans will never consider him as a better servant to Indian cricket than Sachin or Dhoni.. As a batsmen he might surprise both but not as a servant.. I would Ben say Yuvi would be a better servant than him to our cricket if he doesn't win 2019 WC..

    2018 T20 WC and 2019 ODI WC are both in England for some reason everything is in England now.. 2023 WC will be in India but I don't think Kohli will be playing then..

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    Quote Originally Posted by QalandarFan View Post
    Lol, Just watched the press conference and the first question was hilarious "did you feel any pleasant moment when you took a wicket on the no ball" Kohli was furious!
    Yeah today must have been a hard day for the Indians.

    First à wicket on a noball, of the danger man Fakher, must have gotten them pumped up.

    Then the drop catch of Kohli by Azhar must have had them dancing wildly.

    Bummer!

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