November 25, 2022
India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli Defends Playing XI Despite Defeat In WTC Final | Cricket News

Virat Kohli mentioned India fielded their greatest group and had no regrets about not taking part in an additional pacer.© AFP

India captain Virat Kohli was adamant that their choice to stay to taking part in three pacers within the World Test Championship ultimate was the right one as they fielded their “best combination” in the defeat against New Zealand. India had introduced their aspect a day earlier than the ultimate was supposed to start out, however rain washed out Day 1, and there have been questions on whether or not India ought to have performed with one other quick bowler, given the situations would supply extra help to them.

“We’ve been successful with this combination in different conditions. We thought this was our best combination, and we had batting depth as well, and if there was more game time, the spinners would have come into the game more as well,” Kohli mentioned after the match in Southampton.

He additionally congratulated New Zealand for forcing a end in a match marred by rain.

“Big congratulations to Kane (Williamson) and the whole team. They showed great consistency and heart to pull out a result in just over three days, sticking to their processes to put us under pressure. They deserved the win,” he mentioned.

Kohli mentioned that they by no means obtained any momentum on the Day 2 of the Test, which was successfully the primary day, as rain and dangerous mild saved interrupting play.


“The first day got washed out, and when play resumed it was difficult to get any momentum. We lost only three wickets, but we could have got more runs if play had gone on without the interruptions. Today, the Kiwi bowlers executed their plans to perfection and pushed us back, and we were probably 30 or 40 runs short,” Kohli mentioned.

New Zealand beat India by eight wickets within the first ever World Test Championship ultimate.

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