TheSportsRush brings The (Un)Real Interview with Virat Kohli, as India suffered a narrow 4-run defeat to Australia.
India’s tour to Australia didn’t start well for Virat Kohli’s men, as the side suffered a 4-run defeat in a rain-hit game at Brisbane. Australia batted first after the Indian captain won the toss, and put 159 on the board in a shortened game.
Chasing 174 to win in 17 overs, India fell short by 4 runs as Shikhar Dhawan’s heroic 79 went in vain. Virat Kohli suffered a rare off-day on the field as the skipper dropped a catch and was sloppy on the field, and failed with the bat.
Coming at four, Virat could only make four runs off 8 deliveries. We talked to Virat Kohli after the match to know his thoughts on the painful loss.
Hello, Virat. It was a tough loss.
Virat: Yes, it was. It hurts because we came close. But we need to take a hard look at it and reflect on the shortcomings.
Explain the shortcomings.
Virat: Lack of judgment and blatant miscalculations led to the loss, to be honest. We were in a good position, but it just wasn’t supposed to be.
I appreciate that you’re critical about the team’s performance.
Virat: Team? What team? Arey I’m talking about Duckworth/Lewis method, bhai. I opted for cricket because I was horrible at Maths, but these two people were way worse.
Oh, wow. Anyway, you had to endure a rare off-day on the field today..
Virat: Just a ploy to encourage the Australians to pick Adam Zampa for the test series. I think we can accommodate a game’s sacrifice for a series win in Australia.
But what about the dropped catch, and decision to send Rahul at 3?
Virat: Well, yeah. I admit it was my fault in the fielding side of the game. But really, it was due to Krunal.
Virat: He performed great under Rohit. I don’t know what happened to him when I came to the side. I was distracted by the thought and couldn’t concentrate.
Krunal didn’t bowl a delivery when you dropped the catch, though.
Virat: Oh. I’m sorry, did I say Krunal? I meant Khaleel.
It was the fourth over and Khaleel took the first wicket.
Virat: Huh. Why are you so critical about me? Why don’t you just admit that you like Australian cricketers? Leave the country if you can’t support the Indian players.
Okay, okay, calm down, skipper. What do you think about the experiment with KL Rahul at 3?
Virat: I’ve realised that it might be a mistake. There’s a big difference between maintaining form on the field and fashion on the streets, eh.
Wow, that’s brutal.
Virat: This was a warm-up. Ask Malinga.
Right. Why did you drop Chahal?
Virat: He refused to do promotion for ‘Zero’ on Twitter, so I called him and said, “You have zero percent chances of playing, Yuzi.”
You really are savage, aren’t you.
Virat: This was a warm-up. Ask Anderson.
Final question. Do you think you can turn it around and win the T20I series?
Virat: Of course. We didn’t lose to Aussies today, we lost to two Englishmen who were bad at Mathematics.
Okay. Thank you Virat, and good luck!
(This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner.)