Virat Kohli on India’s loss in Brisbane T20I: The Indian captain laid emphasis on learning from mistakes and getting better.
During the first T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Brisbane, Australia defeated India by four runs (DLS Method) in a nerve-wrenching encounter that wasn’t really over until it was over. In which was a much-needed victory for the hosts, it has set the tone of the series now.
Speaking after the match during the post-match presentation ceremony, Indian captain Virat Kohli acknowledged the fact that his team had made ‘mistakes’, hinting at learning from them and getting better for the next match on November 25 at Melbourne.
At a personal level, Kohli had an off-day. He was seen dropping a catch that he should have taken, mis-fielded in the ground and scored 4 (8) with the bat. On being asked about committing errors, he was quoted, “That’s how it goes in the game. What we can do is learn from them [mistakes] and get back better.”
All in all, Kohli was pleased watching the way both the teams were in the match at several points during the rain-hit encounter. Furthermore, Kohli also praised the way the fans supported India during an away game. “Lot of Indians came in to support us which is always the case anywhere we play,” Kohli said.
“It was a close game, exciting one for the crowd to watch and for the players as well. Was a see-saw battle. Started well with the bat, fumbled in the middle overs, in the end we thought we’ll win with Pant and Karthik but it changed again with Pant’s dismissal,” Kohli further said.
Having played 16 T20Is this year, India’s opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan has scored 648 runs at an average of 40.50 and a strike rate of 145.29, most by any batsmen this year. His six T20I half-centuries are also the joint-highest alongside Babar Azam this year.
Kohli was wax lyrical about the 32-year old cricketer, saying that his batting ‘benefits’ the Indian team. “He’s [Dhawan] a very strong player at the top of the order. Hasn’t got a T20 hundred yet, but the way he plays it really benefits the team,” he concluded.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the match below:
India scoring more than Australia yet losing. Australia ke score par laga GST bhaari pad gaya. But a good thrilling game to start the series.#AUSvIND
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 21, 2018
Australia win by four runs by the DLS method!
An excellent last over from Marcus Stoinis gets Australia over the line. He dismissed the dangermen Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik. #AUSvIND FOLLOW 👇https://t.co/TpS5WMZxTP pic.twitter.com/vjP3MJfaKY
— ICC (@ICC) November 21, 2018
How often does that happen? Completely understand why it happened….but can’t resist a smile thinking about the oddity. #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 21, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 21, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 21, 2018