Champions Trophy 2013: It was a sweet victory, says India’s Kohli
Champions Trophy 2013: India's Virat Kohli revels in a "sweet" victory over England in the final at Edgbaston
Virat Kohli reflected on a “sweet” victory after India beat England by five runs in a pulsating Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston.
The tournament favourites looked to be heading towards defeat after posting an average looking 129-7 during their allotted 20 overs.
But a late England collapse, on top of some brilliant bowling from Ishant Sharma, sealed a famous five-run victory for India under the floodlights in Birmingham.
And the game’s top scorer, Kohli (43), expressed both his relief and delight at the win.
“When Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan were smoking it around the park we thought we were out of it,” said Kohli. “But Ishant Sharma turned it around with two wickets in two balls.
“This victory is sweet for us, beating England in their own country.”
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in is praise for his men, and added that his side’s vast experience in one-day competitions may have been crucial to their Champions Trophy win.
“Most of the team has exposure of international cricket and the others are used to playing in the Indian Premier League,” Dhoni added.
“They responded really well and they batted well to get us to 130. The ball was gripping later on and I thought it was because of the showers.
“I knew the two overs of powerplay were crucial and I wanted England to try and slog off the spinners and it worked for us.
“We handled the pressure really well. People talk about technique but the better players are the ones who respond to the pressure.”