India captain Virat Kohli stated that he is proud of his team's performance in the recently concluded Champions Trophy 2017 tournament despite losing the final to Pakistan on Sunday.
The 2013 champions came into the final as the favourites but were outdone by a combination of Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir as they succumbed to a 180-run defeat at Kennington Oval.
Zaman scored his maiden century after he was handed a reprieve earlier in the innings when Jasprit Bumrah had him caught behind off a no ball while Amir picked the in-form Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli inside the first powerplay to dent India's hopes.
Playing down the defeat in the final, Kohli said the team can leave UK with their heads held high for their consistent performances through out the tournament.
"You learn with every cricket game that you play," Kohli said.
"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.
"It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final," Kohli said.
"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."
There was a phase in the game when Hardik Pandya gave India a glimmer of hope with his blistering 43-ball 76 that included six maximums and four boundaries but his blistering innings was brought to an end when he was caught up in a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja, eventually leading to a run out.
"He's [Pandya] fine," Kohli said.
"He felt he was in the zone today and he could have done something really special and that's why the disappointment came out. That's part of playing international sport."
India will now head to West Indies to feature in a five-match One-Day International series and a solitary Twenty20 International.
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