Virat Kohli points out revision of Test team after endeavouring defeat in WTC Final against New Zealand
Virat Kohli said that team India needs to bring the right people with the right mindset to perform after a close-contest defeat of the WTC Final against New Zealand at Southampton.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli mentioned today that India needs to bring the people with the right mindset to perform in their Test side just like their white-ball squad who are ready to take responsibility at the highest level after a humbling defeat over NZ at WTC Final in Southampton.
Virat Kohli did not expose his displeasure but he showed some at few players who did not give their 100% for scoring runs which put the pressure on the batting line-up.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 8 off 54 balls in the first innings after consuming 35 balls for his first run. In the second innings, he only managed 15 off 80 balls.
“We will continue to reassess and continue to have conversations around what are the things required to strengthen our side and not follow or fall prey to certain patterns,”Virat Kohli said at the post-match virtual press conference.
“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan. If you see our white-ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. The same thing needs to be done with Test cricket.
“You have to reassess and replan and understand what dynamics work for the team and how we can be fearless. Bring in right people who have the right mindset to perform,”the skipper hinted at overhaul.
He also spoke about the problem of scoring big as India were bowled out for 217 in the first innings and only manage to score 170 runs before they were bundled out.
“We need to work out better plans on understanding how to score runs. We have to stay in sync with the momentum of the game and not let the game drift away too much. I don’t think there are any technical difficulties as such,”Virat Kohli said.
“It’s more down to game awareness and being braver in putting bowlers under pressure and not allowing them to bowl in similar areas for longer periods unless it is overcast and ball swinging all over the place as it happened on day 1.
“The endeavor would be to try and score runs and not worry about getting out in testing conditions. That’s the way you can put the opposition under pressure otherwise you are standing there hoping that you don’t get out and you are not being optimistic enough. You have to take calculated risks against a quality bowling attack like NZ.”