Champions Trophy 2013: Cook praises England despite India loss
Champions Trophy 2013: England captain Alastair Cook praises his side's overall performance despite losing to India in the final
Alastair Cook expressed his pride in England’s Champions Trophy performance after suffering a five-run defeat by India in the final at a rain-soaked Edgbaston.
With the showpiece restricted to 20 overs after a delayed start, the hosts made light work of dismissing India’s big hitters whilst limiting their total to an attainable 129-7.
And despite losing early wickets of their own, England put themselves in a winning position, requiring just 20 runs off of the final 15 balls thanks to strong knocks from Eoin Morgan (33) and the impressive Ravi Bopara (30).
But the home side lost four wickets for 13 runs in overs 18 and 19 to all but hand India the trophy, and although admitting his disappointment, Cook was pleased with his side’s overall tournament performance.
“I’m proud of the way the lads responded to pressure in this tournament,” said 28-year-old Cook.
“But we just fell short today. We were surprised how much the pitch turned late on in our innings.”
After the start of the match was delayed by several hours due to the rain, the Essex batsman was left to reflect on a torrid afternoon.
“We bowled well but it was a slightly harder wicket to bat on than we thought. Both sides found it hard. Credit to the ground staff for getting us a game in the first place.”