Cricket fans from India and Pakistan may be engaged in a Twitter banter other than breaking television sets, but players of both the teams seem to be taking it in the true spirit of the game. On Sunday, Virat Kohli-led Indian team lost to rivals Pakistan by 180 runs in the final game of Champions Trophy 2017 leaving Indian fans devastated. However Indian and Pakistani cricketers were sharing a light moment on the ground post the match. Believing in sportsmanship, captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were seen sharing a laugh with Shoaib Malik and other Pakistani players. In a video posted on Twitter by International Cricket Council (ICC), Shoaib Malik is seen recollecting a funny anecdote with the Indian players making them all laugh. This video truely restores our faith in the game.
Pakistan on Sunday defeated India by 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winning the trophy. They lifted their first ICC title since the 2009 World Twenty20 win. Following the win, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed urged other nations to play international cricket in the country. Since the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka team in 2009 no major cricketing nation has played in the country. The video has over 10,000 retweets and more than 22,000 likes with both Pakistan and Indian Twitterati lauding their spirit. Anand Mahindra compares Pakistan team to a ‘start-up’, explains why India lost ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final
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Kohli in the post-match presentation also congratulated Pakistan for their victory. Kohli said, “They (Pakistan) deserved to win. They certainly played very good cricket and they also needed victories like this for them as a team. So, you understand those dynamics as a team when things are not happening and you win a tournament like this and so, credit to them for winning the title today (Sunday).” India had won the toss and opted to bowl first.