As Team India faced a defeat in the first T20I, Virat Kohli reveals the reason.
India captain Virat Kohli has admitted that they weren’t aware enough about the Motera pitch that was offered and how it would behave during the first T20I against England. Kohli also added that it was a ‘below-par batting performance and England made the most of it’.
“We just weren’t aware enough of what to do on that kind of pitch. Lack of execution of some of the shots. We have to come back with much more intent and clarity of plan. The wicket did not allow you to play the kind of shots you wanted to. It was a below par batting performance and England made us pay,” Virat Kohli said.
He applauded Shreyas Iyer who scored a well-made 67 runs when everyone else failed and backed his team as well. He said that they will bounce back in the next few games.
“Shreyas batted well but we did not have enough runs on the board” – Virat Kohli
“We looked to try few things but as a batting side you have to accept that we didn’t bat well. Shreyas batted well but we did not have enough runs on the board. It is part of a journey of international cricket. You will have your ups and down but you have to back your game. For me it is about going out there and be positive,” Virat Kohli said.
On the other hand, while speaking in the post-match virtual press-conference after Virat Kohli-led Team India’s defeat, Shreyas Iyer shared his views about the change in his batting position. He cited that a batsman needs to be flexible and he should play as per the situation.
“Coming into the Indian team, you have to be flexible with which batting position you will be batting. I haven’t made any changes, it is just the mindset, what the team requires and batted according to the situation,” Iyer added.
“It was a challenging situation, we had to keep playing natural game and keep ticking scoreboard irrespective of losing early wickets. I have been in this situation before, been there in IPL, it is not the first time. I knew I will get odd boundaries, and momentum changes if get a partnership and then batters dominate bowlers, so from that point of view, their bowlers bowled well. It was their day and kudos to them,” he concluded.