Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicket-keeper, has backed Indian skipper Virat Kohli after the loss against Pakistan in the finals of the Champions Trophy 2017. Gilly feels that Kohli would not get bogged by this loss as he loves taking up challenges and responsibility.
“Virat Kohli is an inspirational leader, strikes as a man who relishes responsibility, he is the right man to be leading a team,” Adam Gilchrist.
He also appreciated Pakistan Cricket Team for their win. He states the Pakistan side is at his best when left to their own without any burden of expectation.
“Pakistan is unpredictable& in limited overs game anyone can beat anyone,” Adam Gilchrist, former Australia cricketer on yesterday’s Champions Trophy final.
India and Pakistan met in the high-intensity final at The Oval yesterday. The match ended up being a historic fixture as the Men in Green routed India by 180 runs, the heaviest loss for a team in final in the history of the tournament, to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title. Batting first, Pakistan posted 338/4 riding on the century from Fakhar Zaman and solid knocks from Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez.
The solid batting show laid the platform for the win. The bowling attack led by Mohammad Amir did the rest of the job in flawless fashion.
India, in response, were bundled out for just 158 runs. Barring Hardik Pandya (76 from 43 balls), no one could occupy the crease. Mohammad Amir started the victory process with the wickets of the in-form top three of the Indian batting order – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.
Later, the Indian batting order just started crumbling the end came sooner than expected.
As Gilly mentions in his chat, Pakistan was highly unpredictable throughout the tournament. Their campaign began with the loss to India at Edgbaston. This dented the hopes by the loss. However, they made a solid comeback and later picked up wins against Sri Lanka and South Africa in the league stages and against the tournament favourites England in the semi-finals.