Test Captain Kohli Says He Hates Losing
Virat Kohli took over as the Indian cricket test team captain after M S Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket after the 3rd test in Melbourne against Australia through BCCI. Virat captained the Indian side in the first test in Adelaide and also in the fourth and final test against Australia in Sydney. Virat said after the test match that ended in a draw in Sydney that he was pleased with the way his team has put up a tough fight in the Test series. But, he also said that he was disappointed to lose the series 2-0 to Australia. The intent and the character that India showed all through the Test series was not enough to beat the mighty Australians.
India should be happy with the fact that they had drawn the last two test matches that they played against Australia. Kohli has been in sublime form in this series after being criticized for his poor batting performance against England in England. Kohli scored 692 runs in the four Test matches with four centuries and a half century to his credit. He said that the visiting side considers the Test series result as satisfying.
Kohli said after the fifth day’s play at the SCG that, “The series could have gone either way. Even today we thought we had a chance (to win), but Australia kept coming back. We have given a tough fight to the Australians in the entire series. We had a fantastic series.”
Kohli also said that the Indian team was determined to play hard cricket from the very first day and give Australia a tough fight on their home soil. He was happy with the way the boys fought in the series, but felt that crossing the line would have been even better. Kohli said that he was not sure as to whether to go for the 349 fourth innings target until tea time, but, eventually decided to try to win the match after he got out.
He also said that he was very happy with the character shown by the youngsters in the team and proved that they can play at the international level. Kohli feels that there should be more consistency with both bat and ball to make it count in away matches.
There are a lot of positives to take from this series, but only in patches. He said that Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay have done a great job as far as batting in Australia is considered. Kohli also gave full credit to the Australian team to recover quickly from the trauma of Philip Hughes death in a freak accident on a cricket pitch and then to win the series.