Lost skipper Virat Kohli said New Zealand put India under the pump throughout the game and showed a lot of heart in the big game. He also added that the morning session on the reserve day, where India lost wickets in a bunch, proved to be the difference in the final against New Zealand.
India, who ran high on victory in the Test series against Australia and England this year, were outplayed by New Zealand in the World Test Championship final. The result of the game was determined on the reserve day after two days were flushed out. India’s worst fears under fluctuating conditions emerged as they collapsed not once, but twice in the game. Not only was batting not up to the mark, but Indian seamstresses also didn’t get as much movement as their counterparts with the Kiwi pacers putting a masterclass in both innings.
When New Zealand claimed 139 to win, Indian bowling did not come despite a surprise Ravichandran Ashwin‘s twin scalp as experienced campaigns Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor led New Zealand to a comfortable eight-wicket victory and the elusive WTC title. We’re talking about the loss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said New Zealand played great cricket in the game and put India under constant pressure.
“First a big congratulations to Kane and his team. They have shown great consistency and heart and pull a result in three days. They put us under pressure throughout the test and made it extremely good to win. It was hard to speed up the day 2, and we did really well with the ball in the first place, ”said Kohli in the presentation ceremony.
On day six, India got off to the worst possible start when they lost the experienced trio Kohli (13), Pujara (15) and Rahane (15) cheaply, all played poot shots and it put a lot of pressure on the lower order. Rishabh Pants, pretty much like he has done this year, tried to play the rescue act to make 41, but despite that, India got the all-out at 170. Kohli felt the morning session made all the difference.
“This morning was the difference where their bowlers carried out their plans to perfection and did not give us scoring opportunities. We were 30-40 short to give them a good goal. I can not regret having announced my XI in advance because you need for an all-rounder in the side, but we made a unanimous decision that these are the best XI we can take into the park. “
Kyle Jamieson was one of the stars of the game. He even had his RCBs skipper Virat Kohlis wicket in both innings. Kohli welcomed the Kiwi pacer, saying he bowled in good areas and got the reward. Kohli, one of the avid supporters of test cricket, also said the WTC is great for the game and praised ICC to the transition to start such a test championship.
“Jamieson comes up nicely in international cricket – good areas with the ball and he can also bathe quite well. He’s had a good game and he deserves the man of the match. It’s great for the game (WTC) and the more Test cricket becomes important, “the better it gets for international cricket. It’s a good move from the ICC. Test cricket is the heartbeat of the game. It’s a long summer ahead and we’re really looking forward to the next series (Test against England),” he said.