IND 321/6 (50.0 Ovs)
SL 322/3 (48.4 Ovs)
“I think Sri Lanka played well,” said Kohli when asked if India’s bowling or batting could have been better. “That fact is also present. We’re playing against a team. We’re not playing amongst ourselves,” he added.
“I personally thought that we had enough on the board halfway — you know, during the break. And I think our bowlers also bowled decently well. If batsmen come out and play like that and everyone plays well, you have to give credit to the opposition as well. We’re not invincible. We are playing against other sides who are also Champion sides,” said Kohli.
“From the batting point of view, as I said, I thought we paced it well. I thought we had enough on the board. In hindsight, when you look back, maybe you think of phases that we could have accelerated, but I don’t see that as a major issue. Maybe we will have to push harder now in the next few games to give us a 20-run cushion. Maybe after seeing a result like this, because we’re playing on the same ground as well,” he opined.
“You always see the hindsight when you lose games of cricket. You trust your bowlers to control runs, and, you know, have good lengths and have your covers when they get out. Generally, we wanted to do in this game. We did that in the last game as well. Sometimes it comes off. Sometimes it doesn’t. That doesn’t mean you don’t think what if we had done something different? You back a side, and you go with it. When things don’t go well, obviously, you address those things,” he said and added, “But you expect them to execute those things. As batsmen, we can’t score every time. As bowlers, you can’t literally bowl consistent line and length every game that you play. So some guys will have off days. On outfields like these and pitches like these, you will have sides who will bat well.”