Virat Kohli Hints At Overhaul Of His Test Team After Losing In The WTC Final Against New Zealand
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Virat Kohli Hints At Overhaul Of His Test Team After Losing In The WTC Final Against New Zealand

After his side lost the marquee inaugural WTC Final by eight wickets on Wednesday with batting being a major letdown, the Indian captain didn’t take any names but expressed his displeasure at some players for not showing enough “intent” to score runs.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

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Senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara managed 8 off 54 balls in the first innings and consumed 35 balls for his first run. He then scored just 15 runs off 80 balls in the second essay. In the end, New Zealand chased down a 139-run target without much trouble.

“We will continue to reassess and continue to have conversations around what are the things required to strengthen our side and not follow or fall prey to certain patterns,” Kohli said at the post-match virtual press conference.

“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan ahead. If you see our white-ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. The same thing needs to be done with Test cricket,” he said.

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara | Photo Credit: AP
Having been set a target of 139 runs, New Zealand reached 140 for two in 45.5 overs, winning by eight wickets. Kane Williamson slammed an unbeaten knock of 52 runs off 89 balls, consisting of eight fours. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor hit the match-winning boundary for the victors, also scoring 47 off 100 balls.

Virat Kohli Urged Indian Batsmen To Take Calculated Risks Against Against A Quality Bowling Attack Like New Zealand

He also spoke about finding ways to score runs against quality attacks like that of New Zealand. India scored only 217 in the first innings and was all out for 170 in the second effort.

“We definitely need to work out better plans on understanding how to score runs. We have to stay in sync with the momentum of the game and not let the game drift away too much. I don’t think there are any technical difficulties as such,” he asserted.

“It’s more down to game awareness and being braver in putting bowlers under pressure and not allowing them to bowl in similar areas for longer periods of time unless it is absolutely overcast and ball swinging all over the place as it happened on day 1,” he added.

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WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he’s ‘world-class’ batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP

Virat Kohli urged his batsmen to take calculated risks and strike a balance between well-timed strokeplay and holding an end.

“The endeavor would be to try and score runs and not worry about getting out in testing conditions. That’s the way you can put the opposition under pressure otherwise you are standing there hoping that you don’t get out and you are not being optimistic enough,” he said.

“You have to take calculated risks against a quality bowling attack like NZ,” he added.

The heroes of New Zealand’s victory were Kane Williamson(49 and 52*), Kyle Jamieson (5/31 in the 1st innings), and Tim Southee(4/48 in the 2nd innings).

New Zealand 249 (Conway 54, Williamson 49, Shami 4-76) and 140 for 2 (Williamson 52*, Taylor 47, Ashwin 2-17) beat India 217 (Rahane 49, Kohli 44, Jamieson 5-31) and 170 (Pant 41, Southee 4-48) by eight wickets