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

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.

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Published Date: Jun 19, 2017 04:37 pm | Updated Date: Jun 19, 2017 04:37 pm

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