After a humiliating loss against England in the second Test at Lord’s, India skipper Virat Kohli gave no excuses and said he was not proud of the way his team performed in the match.
On Sunday, India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat after yet another batting failure on Day Four, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli gave England credit for routing India at the home of cricket and said, “I am not very proud of the way we played to be honest. First time in last five Test matches we’ve been outplayed. Credit to England. They were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side.”
The Indian captain further said, “Can’t really think about those things (conditions not in favour). You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Can’t crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. Won’t sit around and say that we didn’t have the best of conditions.”
“Their bowlers were relentless with the ball. Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable, I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. Chance to correct that next game.”
Kohli batted with a lower back pain in the second innings which folded for 130 in 47 overs. He could just score just 17 from 29 deliveries before becoming Stuart Board’s victim. However, he expressed confidence on regaining full fitness ahead of the next game.
“It is a lower back issue, coming up again and again, purely because of the workload and the number of matches I have been playing,” Kohli said when asked if he batted with an injury which affected his movement on the crease.
“It’s five days to go. I am confident I will be fine in five days time with a bit of rehabilitation. I should be okay,” he said.
India will aim to come out with a better performance and win the next Test starting at Nottingham on August 18 to keep their hopes alive in the series.