Team India locked horns with the Australia team on November 27 for an ODI match. After electing to bat first post winning the toss, the Kangaroos put up a target of 374 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. In response, India’s inning was wrapped up at 308 runs at the loss of 8 wickets. Thus, the host’s won the first ODI with 66-runs. In the post-match presentation, Virat Kohli candidly spoke after team India’s loss in the first ODI.
The skipper didn’t seem happy with his team’s body language after 25-26 overs after Steve Smith and Aaron Finch began their fiery inning. Both of them scored centuries and proved to be a nightmare for the Indian bowling attack.
In reply to the Kangaroos’ brilliant performance, the Men In Blue also geared up to give a tough fight. However, apart from Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya’s performance with the bat, the rest all didn’t perform at par.
For the unknown, there were many catches that were dropped while Finch and Smith were roaring on the crease. Addressing to the same, Kohli said that if you don’t take your chances against a top quality side like Australia, they will make you pay.
In the post-match presentation, the 32-year old said, “The body language after 25-26 overs was disappointing. A quality side will hurt you (if you have fielding lapses).”
The Indian skipper also placed emphasis that the team lacked an additional bowling option. All-rounder Hardik Pandya wasn’t fit to bowl a few overs in the middle.
Apart from the criticism, Virat also was all praises for his team for the way they approached the target. He also said that they will continue with a similar positive approach in the upcoming games.
Virat Kohli indeed seemed optimistic even after team India’s 66-run loss. He trusts his team to bounce back in the series.
As of now, Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The second ODI will take place on November 29 at the SCG.
The Men In Blue surely will be aiming to bounce back in the game to make the last ODI more nail-biting.