Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - They gave us absolutely no chances - Virat Kohli. Kohli felt the early wickets were the primary reasons for their ten-wicket loss against Pakistan.
Kohli felt the early wickets were the primary reasons for their ten-wicket loss against Pakistan.
India captain Virat Kohli felt the early wickets were the primary reason India failed to challenge Pakistan in their opening encounter of the T20 WC 2021. Shaheen Afridi nipped out Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to leave India at 6 for 2 before Kohli's half-century helped the side post 151. With dew settling in, and a clinical show from Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, Pakistan eased past India to bag a ten-wicket win.
India ended the powerplay with 36 for 3 and then were 60 for 3 at the halfway mark. Though Kohli and Rishabh Pant did help India stage a comeback, and Kohli's innings helped India pick up 51 in the last five overs, Pakistan still had to advantage during the innings break.
“We did not execute the things that we wanted to but credit is certainly due – they outplayed us today,” Kohli said. “They started brilliantly with the ball, and three wickets for 20 runs was not a good start. We needed wickets early but with the bat, they gave us absolutely no chances. “It played slow in the first half and hitting through the line was not that easy as it was in the second half, after 10 overs. We needed those 15-20 extra runs and for that we needed a good start but Pakistan's bowling didn't allow us to get those extra runs.
“Shaheen did bowl very well with the new ball. I think he hit the right areas to pick up wickets, and in T20 cricket you need good execution to pick up wickets with the new ball, and certainly he did that, so credit to him.”
Despite the heavy defeat, Kohli insisted that an additional bowler would not have helped the side on the night. “We could make the argument of getting in another slower bowler, but it's important to stay composed and understand our strengths because with the dew the slower bowlers couldn't be effective either,” he pointed out. “We tried our best. We tried to create enough pressure on them, but they had the answers, and there is no shame in accepting that a team played better than you.”
India now have a six-day break before they take on New Zealand in their second game. Kohli admitted the break will help the players especially after the hectic UAE leg of the Indian Premier League. “I think it works really well for us from all points of view,” he started. “Knowing that we have played a full-fledged season already, we played the IPL, which is very high octane by itself in testing conditions here in the UAE, and then we come into the World Cup. So for us, these big breaks are definitely something that's going to help us as a team to be in the prime physical condition that we need to be to play this high-intensity tournament.
“T20 WC is always a high-intensity tournament, and it will help us, again, to regroup as a team to get to the practice sessions eager to execute the things that we want to, prepare in a very confident manner and then arrive on the day again to make sure that this time we execute our plans, and we have enough confidence in our ability that with this preparation time, we'll come out once again being in a positive frame of mind. For us as a team personally, I can say it's a good thing that's happening. We'll have time to reflect and to prepare again.”