IND vs NZ T20 WC: Kohli blames India colleagues for not being ‘brave enough’ in huge loss to New Zealand

India'S Captain Virat Kohli Reacts To A Boundary Hit By New Zealand'S Daryl Mitchell During The Cric
Image Source: (AP PHOTO/AIJAZ RAHI) India’s captain Virat Kohli responds to a boundary struck by New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell throughout the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match in between New Zealand and India in Dubai, UAE, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli states his group wasn’t brave enough on the day after Team India were thrashed by eight wicket by New Zealand in an essential Super 12 match of T20 World Cup in Dubai on Sunday.

“Rather unusual. I do not think we were brave enough with bat or ball. Didn’t have much to defend however we weren’t brave when we walked out to field. When you play for the Indian cricket team you have a lot of expectations – not just from fans, however players also. So there’s constantly going to be more pressure with our games and we have actually accepted it for many years,” he stated.

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With 2 big losses, the first coming versus Pakistan, India’s possibilities of getting approved for the semi-finals from the six-team Group 2 now looks tough. Pakistan and Afghanistan are currently inhabiting leading 2 areas in the group and have a remarkable run-rate to India.

Nevertheless, Kohli said the competition is far from over for them as 3 matches are still left in the Super 12 phases for them.

“Everyone who plays for India has to embrace it. And when you cope together as a group you conquer it and we have not done it these 2 games. Just due to the fact that you’re the Indian group and there are expectations doesn’t indicate you begin playing differently. I think we’re great, there’s a great deal of cricket left to play,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Kohli’s New Zealand counterparts Kane Williamson loaded praise on his side for putting in a total performance.

“There’s always preparing going into video games. However a wonderful overall performance from us against a formidable India side. We had the ability to develop pressure throughout and the way the openers came out really set the platform,” Williamson stated after the match. “The balance of our attack has 2 spinners in it, I think the collective unit was excellent, the way they kept passing the baton. We saw some excellent signs in our very first match also and we built on that.

“Look you play against such strong groups all the time, for us it has to do with playing our video game. Ish is an outstanding T20 bowler, white-ball bowler in specific. He’s been a huge part and played in a number of compensations, and in these conditions spin will play a part.”

Released at Sun, 31 Oct 2021 12:33:32 -0500