It was a big disappointment for the stand-in Indian captain, Virat Kohli who was out for a career-best 141. Although his exit had triggered a batting collapse as India lost eight wickets in the final session of the first Test at Adelaide. But instead of finding excuses for a 48 runs defeat, Kohli bravely accepted his mistake. Anyone in his position could have taken advantage of a splendid performance of back to back centuries but Kohli bravely accepted the truth. During the post match chat, he said “It was one of those mistakes. I will look back and probably say that I could have played a different stroke.”
For that particular delivery which Indian captain pulled, was a short of length and sharp turning ball which landed in the gap between long-on and mid-wicket and the fielder Mitchell Marsh did not commit any mistake in the deep. This proved to be the biggest turning point of a dramatic Day 5 as India collapsed to defeat. Kohli said “Never thought of a draw at any stage. Last night I told the boys we will chase any target they set us. I was confident that I could do it. I only needed support.”
Kohli also appreciated Lyon for breaking India’s back in the second innings. Off-spinner Lyon took seven for 152 in the second innings and has taken total 12-wickets in the game. He was adjudged Man of the Match. He stated “All credit to Lyon. He put the ball in the right spots.”
Sharing his views on the unfortunate loss of wicket of Murali Vijay on 99 which proved to be turning point, Kohli opined “If we could have added another 40-50 runs, it would have been a different story, but that’s the way Test cricket is. One slip and Australia took it. It was a great game of cricket and the boys put up a strong fight. No regrets.”
In a gesture of maturity, he congratulated the Australians “for showing character after 10 tough days”. As we all know the entire Australia team went through an emotional turmoil after former teammate Phillip Hughes died on the pitch after being hit by a bounce. Skipper Michael Clarke also batted through pain and scored a century after retiring hurt. David Warner also slammed twin tons.
Virat is known for his aggressive style and he is looking fine with Australia’s approach to cricket. He added that “They play the same way I believe in and their win was commendable. Enjoyed the captaincy although didn’t sleep well in the last five days.”