ICC Champions Trophy 2013: England devasted after loss against India, says Alastair Cook

England had previously reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2004 when they lost to the West Indies © Getty Images

Birmingham: Jun 24, 2013

England captain Alastair Cook said that they were devastated after losing the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final to India by five runs at Edgbaston on Sunday.

After being put into bat, India made 129 for seven off 20 overs after rain delayed the start of the match. In reply, the hosts could only manage 124 for eight.

“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 at the presentation ceremony.

“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 think both sides found the pitch quite hard to bat on. You are always going to think of different reasons. I’m proud of the way the players have performed in this tournament,” added the left-handed batsman.

England had previously reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2004 when they lost to the West Indies.