After defeating its arch rivalry nation India, Pakistan is celebrating its massive victory. On Sunday night, several Indians were left with tears in their eyes. In a country like India where Cricket is no less than a religion, such a disastrous loss in the finals is humiliating and heartbreaking for cricket fans.
Virat Kohli might have failed as a captain but he won hearts of Pakistanis. At the post-match presentation ceremony, he congratulated Pakistan for the massive victory. No doubt Fakhan Zaman and Mohammad Amir played a key role in defeating India.
Expectations were high from the top batsmen like RohitSharma, Virat Kohli and Dhoni. While Virat who is known for being a good chaser, couldn’t score more than 4 runs.
However, despite this humiliating loss against arch rivalry Pakistan, Virat showed his sportsmanship in the post match interview. In the interview, he congratulated Pakistan for the massive victory.
“I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have,” said Kohli
“They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final,” added the Indian skipper
Kohli was praised by several people from Pakistan for showing his sportsmanship. People took to Twitter to appreciate the India skipper for his gracious attitude. Twitter was surfaced with tweets from people acoss the border. Have a look to some of them.
Virat- A great player and a gentleman too
Thank you @imVkohli with your post match statement you won many hearts. You are a great player and a gentleman too
— Mubasher Lucman (@mubasherlucman) June 18, 2017
Superb sportsmanship from @imVkohli in the interview right now. ??
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) June 18, 2017
Respect towards arch rivals
Virat Kohli, full of respect towards arch rivals and victorious opponents today, is such a remarkable ambassador for the game.
— Mirza Waheed (@MirzaWaheed) June 18, 2017
Credit too to @imVkohli for being gracious to PK and their fans – no greater team to play against
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) June 18, 2017
— Sharmeen Obaid (@sharmeenochinoy) June 18, 2017
Virat was not only lauded by people from across the border. Cricket legends like Shane Warne and Brendon McCullum also praised him for his gracious attitude.
McCullum wrote,”India excellent throughout tournament except today. Impressed how [email protected] Kohli spoke post match. Gracious in defeat.”
India excellent throughout tournament except today. Impressed how well @imVkohli spoke post match. Gracious in defeat.
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) June 18, 2017
Shane Warne wrote,” congrats Pakistan on a wonderful victory. To @imVKohli & your team, well played through the tournament & well spoken after the game.”
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) June 18, 2017
Winning and losing is a part of a game. Both the teams can never win simultaneously. When one wins others loss automatically.Virat Kohli showed his sportsmanship and gracious attitude towards his archrivals and won everyone’s, heart.