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Prove that we were world champions, Dhoni’s advice to team

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We are a bit devastated, says Cook on losing the finals

With just 129 runs to play with in the rain-curtailed final of the ICC Champions Trophy against England here, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spurred his teammates by telling them to play like world champions and defend a sub-par score.

“Before going in I said, let’s first of all get rid of the feeling that it’s a 50-over game. It’s a 20-over game… 130 runs can be a difficult target to achieve,” Dhoni said.

“… If you want to win this trophy, we’ll have to fight it out,” he said while addressing the media on Monday night. We are the number one ranked ODI side, so let’s make sure that they have to fight for these 130-odd runs… ”

Cook devastated

England captain Alastair Cook said that they were devastated after losing the final.

“With 20-odd needed off 16 balls it was in our hands. There have been a lot of good performances, but at the moment we are a bit devastated,” said Cook. “We’ve come up a little short. I thought we bowled well, you’d take 130. It’s tough to take at the moment… I’m proud of the way the players have performed in this tournament,” added the left handed batsman. He also said Ian Bell’s dismissal in the ninth over was a poor umpiring decision which finally proved to be the turning point of the match for the hosts. He was adjudged stumped off Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling when TV replays showed that Bell had got his foot back before Dhoni was able to whip off the bails.

“I thought it was a poor decision,” Cook said. “I only saw the replay a couple of times on the Belly one. Maybe he (TV umpire) saw a different angle than we saw. It looked pretty clear that it was in……” he added.Agencies


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