Kohli rues losing toss after 10-wicket defeat
After suffering a 10-wicket drubbing in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington with more than five sessions to spare, India skipper Virat Kohli has rued losing the toss, saying it “turned out to be very important”.
According to Kohli, the players could have been a bit more competitive as well to bring a positive result.
“Day 1, the toss did turn out to be very important. But at the same time, we take a lot of pride in being competitive as a batting unit and we were just not competitive enough. I don’t think we put their bowlers under enough pressure. Anything over 220-230 and we would have been talking a different language,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony on Monday (February 24).
Kohli, however, was full of praise for the Indian bowlers for putting up a good fight despite not receiving much scores on the board to defend. But he also added that the New Zealand tail cheaply cost them dear and pushed India “out of the game”.
“The bowlers toiled well, as a bowling group we’ve taken pride in being competitive. Till the first 7 NZ wickets, we were really good. Wanted to restrict the lead to under 100, but the last runs from their batsmen made things difficult. But bowlers can still be more disciplined, they were not as happy with their bowling performance.”
With New Zealand 1-0 up in the series and India tasting their first defeat in the ICC Test Championship, the two teams will now lock horns in the second and final Test in Christchurch, starting from February 29.