Pakistan win Champions Trophy, India win plaudits for displaying graciousness in defeat

FP Sports, Jun, 19 2017

Even as tensions between India and Pakistan continue to dominate headlines, cricketers from this side of the border won plaudits for their heartwarming display of camaraderie during the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, which Pakistan won by 180 runs.

In a video posted by ICC on social media, Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh can be seen enjoying a chuckle with their Pakistani counterparts. The video comes a day after an image of former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding Sarfraz Ahmed's baby surfaced on social media.

Later in his interview with Nasser Hussain, India skipper Virat Kohli also was at his gracious best while lauding Pakistan for their maiden Champions Trophy title.

"I want to congratulate the Pakistan team and their fans first. I think they had an amazing tournament. They proved they can upset anyone on their day. A disappointing day but I have a smile on my face because of the way we played across the tournament. They were more intense and passionate on the day. You can always look at things in hindsight, sometimes you just have to stand there and admire the way the opposition played. Credit to them, they outplayed us in all three departments. We need to move forward and learn from our mistakes," Kohli said.

Other Indian cricketers too were magnanimous in their praise of their arch-rivals with VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh the most vocal.

Published Date: Jun 19, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 19, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115