Virat Kohli said that India reaching the final was the most pleasing thing for him. (Getty Images)
Mirpur: Virat Kohli, who won the World Twenty20 player of the tournament award, said that India reaching the final was the most pleasing thing for him.
Sri Lanka beat India in the final to win the 2014 World T20 title for the first time after reaching the finals in the 2009 and 2012 editions.
"Congratulations to the Sri Lankan team, especially Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Darren Sammy was right, the god was really smiling on them. But they deserved this and played really well," said Kohli, who was the top scorer of the tournament with 319 runs.
Jayawardene and Sangakkara had said before the tournament that this would be their last game in this format.
"In the last World T20, I tried to do my bit but this time around, I tried to make the most of the good form. The most pleasing thing was that we made it to the finals. Lasith Malinga bowled very well in the last few overs. It was one of the off days. Our boys can be proud of the way we played this tournament," added Kohli, who was the top scorer in the final with 77 runs.
Going through a purple patch, Indian batsman Virat Kohli was named Player of the Tournament for amassing 319 runs in the ICC World T20, which concluded here with Sri Lanka lifting their maiden international title in this format.
Kohli was the unanimous choice of the select group of experts following his exceptional form with the bat. In the lead up to the final, the 25-year-old scored 242 runs in five matches at an average of 121, including innings of 36 not out against Pakistan, 54 against the West Indies, 57 not out against Bangladesh, 23 against Australia and a match-winning 72 not out against South Africa in the semi-final.
"David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees was the chairman of the independent jury that selected the Men's Player of the Tournament," the ICC said in a statement.
Other members of the panel included Marais Erasmus of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain, former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop and Utpal Shuvro, one of Bangladesh's senior-most cricket correspondents.
Kohli scored 319 runs in the tourney with a staggering average of 106.33 and four half centuries.