Cook defiant after agonising final defeat to India
England captain Alastair Cook admitted he found it “tough to take” after seeing Champions Trophy glory snatched away in dramatic fashion by India yesterday, but insisted he was proud of his side’s performance in the tournament.
England had looked on course to win their first one-day international global competition after limiting India to 129 for 7 in a rain-affected final reduced to 20 overs per side. They then reached 110 for 4 in reply.
However, the dismissals of Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) in successive balls turned the game India’s way and they took full advantage to claim victory by five runs.
Cook, above, said: “I thought we bowled well, you’d take 130 to chase but it was probably a slightly harder wicket to bat than we probably thought. It is just tough to take at the minute. We were almost there. It was in our hands.
“I’m proud of the way the lads played in this tournament. We’ve been under pressure pretty much throughout.” MORE
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