Kohli reacts after ruthless Kiwis whitewash India in Tests
After the start of the tour, it looked like India were the formidable force as they easily outsmarted New Zealand in the truncated version of the game and much to the delight of the away Indian supporters, the visitors inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on the hosts.
But when the action switched to ODI format, the story changed all of a sudden as Kiwis revived lost confidence back. It was their time to take revenge as they completed a whitewash against India by beating them 3-0.
Then the focus changed to the Tests, a format which Team India dominated more than any team else. But, Indians failed to channelise the aggression in the right path and ended up losing both the Tests only to get battered by the hosts in all facets of the game.
New Zealand beat India by seven wickets at Hagley Oval in Christchurch to whitewash India and thus becoming the only team to whitewash India in ICC World Test Championship. However, India still sit on top of the points table with 360 points, while New Zealand are placed third with 180 points.
The losing captain Virat Kohli was at the post-match presentation to explain how things went wrong for India. “We are not a side that thinks about the result of the toss. Yes it did give a bit of extra advantage to the bowlers in the first two hours of each Test, but as an international side playing so well over two, three seasons, you are expected to go out and execute in those conditions.
We were not able to do that this time. We are not going to take excuses from this tour, just the learning and the mistakes we committed and try and improve as we move forward. T20s were pretty good. In the ODIs it was good to see the youngsters stepping up with Rohit not being available and me not getting runs. Those are a few positives, but as a Test team we were not able to play the kind of cricket we wanted to. We need to accept we were not good enough, take it on the chin and improve those things.
I think it was a matter of not having enough intent in the first game. We played well in the first innings here with the bat. We also need to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers, they bowled in the right areas long enough, created a lot of pressure. There were hardly any opportunities, that meant you have to play extravagant shots for runs than just keep rotating strike.
It was a combination of us not having the right kind of execution and New Zealand playing well. The consistency of their bowling was outstanding, forced us to do mistakes. We are usually a batting side that fights. Batsmen didn’t do enough for the bowlers to attack. It’s disappointing as a side when the batsmen don’t back up the effort of the bowlers.
To win series and matches outside home you need to have a balanced performance with bat and ball and in the field – take those chances as well. We need to go back, understand what went wrong and correct those things moving forward,” Virat Kohli signed off.