bcci.tv offered in: हिंदी Switch

India outplayed by England, admits Virat Kohli

Nursing a stiff back, the Indian captain is hopeful of recovering before the third Test

After defeating India by a small margin in the 1st Test, England trounced the visitors by an innings and 159 runs in the 2nd Test at Lord’s, to go 2-0 up in the 5 match series.

It was a Test match that lasted 107.2 overs, much in England’s favour from the word go. After having won the toss and opting to bowl first in overcast conditions, the hosts were in the ascendancy pretty much from the time they won the toss and chose to bowl. They never looked back after they dismantled India cheaply in the first innings and then further pressed home their advantage with the bat on the back of some fine batting from Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes.

“Not very proud of the way we played, to be honest. First time in the last five Test matches that we've been outplayed. Credit must go to England. They were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. (I) can't really think about those things (conditions not in favour). You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Can't crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too but I won't sit around and say that we didn't have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball,” said the Indian skipper after the match.

While Day 1 of the play was washed out to rain, Day 2 was a delight for the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Talking about the conditions, Virat added, “The weather was unpredictable. It was different when we started then it changed suddenly, [but] I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. We have a chance to correct that in the next game. Two-nil down, the only option is to come out positive, make it 2-1 and make it an exciting series from there.”

Kohli’s back stiffness was a concern throughout in the second innings as he trudged while taking singles and called for the physio for treatment. Elaborating on the same, he added, “The good thing is I have five days before the next Test. We are confident with rehab and strengthening and I should be ready for the next game although not (with) the same intensity in the field but I should be good enough to hold a position in the field and be 100% with the bat. Again, I will have to look at the running bit of things, which was difficult today. As of now, it is sore."

BCCI Staff

CommentsBack to article

Tempting thought to field two spinners - Virat Kohli

India had one specialist spinner for the first Test and the India captain is open to tweaking the combination for the Lord's Test

“Playing two spinners could be a very tempting thought. The pitch looked very hard, the surface looked very dry. It has been very hot in London for the last couple of months. There is good grass cover on it and that is required basically to keep the wicket together otherwise it is going to be very difficult to hold it together. The pitch is going to be an all-round wicket. If batsmen bat well, they can get runs; obviously dukes ball in overcast conditions, and when the wicket wears off, the spinners can come in. It is a tempting thought to field two spinners but we have to take a call on that depending on the team balance,” said Virat Kohli as he addressed the media on the eve of the 2nd Test against England at Lord’s.

India lost the first Test narrowly against England and when asked about whether the Indian batsmen failed to counter the English pace attack, Virat said, “We should not judge so fast and jump to conclusions. As a team, we stay patient. We don’t judge so fast. We don’t see any pattern (to the failures). As far as wickets falling in a heap are concerned, it is not about technique, it is more of a mental aspect. It depends on how you think about it after the dismissal.

“There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not, that plan does not involve aggression. There we need some composure. As a batting unit, we have discussed that.”

The skipper also emphasized on maintaining composure on the field and battling nerves while facing the opponent. “We need to show composure after a fall of a wicket. From outside the conditions seem bad because cricket is a marginal game, especially the Test format. Moreover, it is difficult to play in the English conditions. So, the margin of error is very less. There is nothing much to think or change,” he said.

Recalling the gripping first match, the skipper said that India were looking at ways to close out a game. “It's unfortunate that we have not been able to cross the line when we reached so close. We are thinking about how to cross the line. No matter who does it, it is all about crossing the line,” he said.

“It doesn't hurt when you score runs and don't win. It hurts only when you are not scoring runs and the team is not doing well. It hurts purely because we haven't won the game. As a batsman, I'm trying to score runs for the team and I'm trying my level best to do that for the team," he added.

When asked about his captaincy and communication with the team, he said, “I am doing as much as I can as captain and there is constant feedback from the management. People have their own ways of looking at the game and their own ideas when it comes to captaincy and so on, but I feel I have had really good communication with all the players. Eventually it is up to me what I do out there when I bat, because I am by myself when facing the ball.

He said he has regular chats with the boys. “Being in the right mindset is a very individual thing and as a captain you can only have meetings and chats which we do on a regular basis. People on the outside don’t know these things and playing for India and getting to captain the country is a big honour. I definitely leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting in there, talk to the guys wherever I can from the strategy point of view as well,” Kohli concluded

BCCI Staff

CommentsBack to article