India captain Virat Kohli has said the team’s batting collapses in recent past had much to do with mental pressure and not with the pitch conditions. In recent past, India have suffered two of their most embarrassing collapses, and unsurprisingly, both have come against Australia in the Pune Test.

“I think more batting collapses are mental than skill coming into fault. It wasn’t much to do with pitches because the other team obviously did better on both those occasions. So, it’s more a mental setback.”

In first innings, Virat Kohli-led India were bundled out for 105, losing seven wickets in a matter of just 24 balls, and later in the second innings, they could only manage two extra runs than their previous tally. With that, they lost the match by 333 runs, a margin considered to be extremely big for a side like India, given their enthralling show in the home season so far.

Also, in the next match at Bengaluru, Australia were quick in wrapping up India’s first innings on 190, thanks to a career best figures (8/54) from Nathan Lyon. After failing to stamp their authority with bat in the four innings till now, India have a lot to prove in the upcoming matches.

Virat, 28, claimed Australia did well in the second innings at Pune but it was the mental pressure which led to the hosts downfall.

“I won’t say too much on the pitches. Australia batted well in Pune, we didn’t. In Bengaluru second innings, we batted better than them. Even on a flat wicket if you have pressure, you tend to have collapses.”

India and Australia will face-off in the third Test in Ranchi, starting March 16.


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