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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: What Team India & Virat should learn from this decimation in the final!
I have analysed the reasons why Team India failed against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final and what can be done in the future to avoid such defeats.

Although, nobody had thought that India would loose to Pakistan, but, the country is particularly unhappy over the way the Indian team played in the final. Other than Hardik Pandya, no other batsman looked like putting up even a little bit of fight. The team's batting lineup, considered as one of the strongest in the world, fell like a house of cards.

Heroes are those who swim against the tide and not with it. Although, Virat Kohli was heard praising his opponents outplaying them during the post-match presentation, he failed to mention about the inability of his team to even reach the half way mark. Agreed, not all days are alike when you can win but a team is at least expected to play a normal cricketing game and put up some resistance.

Now the fault lines are clearly visible. The worst hours need the strongest of minds. Perhaps the Indian team needs to learn a thing or two from its counterpart. Pakistan's intent was clearly visible right from the time they took the field. The Pakistanis turned their weakest link (thier batting) into their strength and then crippled the strong Indian batting lineup with their strong bowling.

Most of the people are extremely angry over Hardik's run out and rightly so. It was not merely a run out, as it also revealed Jadeja's selfishness. He might be a good player but in this match, he showed that he is not a team man. Team India certainly needs good players but not selfish players like him.

Cricket is a ruthless game and your past victories do not matter. One is required to perform his best every time in every single match and as the matches becomes bigger, it needs more planning and a strong urge of winning from a player by playing with his opponent's mind.

Perhaps Virat's team failed to play with the opponent's mind. They were complacent despite a huge total of 338 staring at them. Even in their wildest dreams India would have never imagined that their top order would collapse in a crucial final match. Subsequently, even the lower order failed to rise to the occasion.

Team India should take lessons from this failure, as failures are stepping stones for success and some times a failure is required for one to awaken from the slumber. There's nothing wrong in loosing but one should introspect and look out for the reasons of failure and never let it happen again.

Team India should know that they have millions of aspirations along with them all the time and they have to live up at all times. Every player today is endowed with unfathomable respect, money and love and hence, expected to deliver. Agreed, you don't win all the time, but then, you can't also fail like this. Something to think over!

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