A 180-run loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final isn't a match easy to analyse for any skipper, but when Virat Kohli sat down with the media after the game, he made no qualms before simply stating that his team was “outplayed in all departments”.
"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. 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," Kohli told the press.
Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India's much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir.
"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase," Kohli said.
"Then we kept losing wickets. One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition."
Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, including six huge sixes, to give India hope of a dramatic revival but he was run out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and left the arena shaking his head in an obvious state of frustration.
"He's fine," Kohli said. "He felt he was in the zone today and he could have done something really special and that's why the disappointment came out. That's part of playing international sport."
Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.
"It's always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn't work collectively and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way," said the top-ranked one-day batsman.