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Being his usual self and not beating around the bush, Indian skipper addressed the elephant in the room straight away as he spoke about India’s terrible performance at Pune. By the courtesy of a dismal performance from the Indian batsmen, Australia finally managed to win a game in this part of the world after a span of almost 13 years.
As far as the hosts are concerned, it was their lacklustre batting performance which let them down as they were bowled out for 105 and 107 in both innings. For a team that is ranked number one in the ICC Test rankings, this is simply unacceptable and needs to be addressed with right away.
At the post-match presentation, Kohli sternly admitted that his side was thoroughly outplayed by the better team. “Really good run for us so far,” said Kohli. “We got outplayed in this game. No two ways about it. Australia were much better. We’ve got to take it on the chin. We never took them for granted. That’s probably our worst batting display in the last two years. It was a case of not applying ourselves,” he said.
Admitting that he was disappointed with India’s batting, Kohli said, “Batting was more disappointing than the bowling. We know that Pune is generally low and slow. They exploited it better than us and bowled at a good pace. There was a lot of pressure created by them on us. They deserved to win this game. I think we did pretty well. If you don’t hold onto the chances, it’s tough to get back in the game. As I said, I get no excuses, I take the loss on the chin,” the Indian captain said.
Praising pacer Umesh Yadav for his superb spell, Kohli said, “Big learning Test for me too. Sometimes you want to do stuff as a captain but there’s only so much you can control. Umesh been working really hard for the past few months. He’s got good pace and he’s made good use of it in the past few months. He’s got stronger. When it reverses, he’s even more lethal,” Kohli concluded.
Steve Smith lauded his players for a sensational outing and mentioned that 260 was a healthy total in the first innings. “260 was a good total and bowlers backed us up. O’Keefe was outstanding throughout. We’ve got some good players of spin in our squad. We’ve got a well-rounded squad. We thought if we had a bit of luck and played to our plans throughout, we’d be a reasonable show. I’m proud of this achievement,” said Smith.