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'Indian fans should not over-react on loss to Pak'

Former Australia stumper Adam Gilchrist on Tuesday said that Pakistan played a perfect game of cricket when they decimated India in last Sunday's Champions Trophy final, but urged the country's fans not to over-react to the defeat against the arch-rivals.

"Before the game, I would have backed India, but (when) two horses race anyone can beat anyone in the short version cricket. I wouldn't say there has been an over-reaction,
I am just encouraging (fans) not to over react (on India's loss). Pakistan just played a perfect game of cricket,"

Gilchrist, who is currently Australia-India Education Ambassador, told reporters on the sidelines of an education-related event here.

Pakistan spanked defending champions India by 180 runs to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval in London.

Gilchrist, swashbuckling batsman of yesteryears whose century in the 2007 World Cup final against Sri Lanka helped his country retain the title, also felt that most nations would now start to focus on the 2019 World Cup to be hosted by England.

"(But) there is plenty of time to make adjustments," he said. Gilchrist was non-committal when asked whether India should play with another wicket-keeper in place of the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"There is exciting talent available to India. M S (Dhoni) is an experienced cricketer, he is the one to make that
decision (whether to continue playing)."
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