Virat Kohli angry with reporter: Indian captain was visibly disgruntled with a reporter over ‘best Indians side’ question during press conference.
England defeated India in the fifth and final test of the Pataudi trophy to clinch the series 4-1. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant’s spirited display in the fifth day wasn’t enough to see India through the line, as Kohli’s men fell short of 118 runs.
Despite the scoreline of the defeat, Virat Kohli took positives from India’s performance throughout the series. “What matters to me is the kind of attitude you play cricket with. We said at the end of the fourth game that we won’t throw in the towel and we didn’t,” said the Indian captain.
The Indian skipper was also questioned on the ‘best Indian side’ tag, which was labelled by coach Ravi Shastri before the beginning of the series. An ensuing exchange begin between Virat Kohli and the reporter, with the captain looking visibly disgruntled.
“The best Indian team in the last 15 years! Do these tags put pressure on you? Do you actually believe you are?” the reporter asked Kohli.
“We have to believe we are the best side. Why not?” replied the captain.
“The best team in 15 years?”
“What do you think?” asked the agitated captain.
“I am not sure,” the reporter answered. The captain preferred not to prolong the conversation and ended the question, saying, “That’s your opinion. Thank you,” before shaking his head.
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The Indian team will now be heading to the United Arab Emirates, where they will take part in the Asia Cup. Virat Kohli has been rested for the tournament, and Rohit Sharma will lead the side.