Can't help if people want to make it a big deal: Virat Kohli on India's defeat
New Delhi : Indian skipper Virat Kohli has accepted that his team was completely outplayed by the New Zealand in the opening Test and claimed that he can not do anything if some people want to make 10-wicket defeat a big deal.
On Sunday, New Zealand thrashed India with 10 wickets and took the 1-0 lead in the two match series. This was India's first defeat in the World Test Championship, coming after two inept batting efforts.
"We know we haven't played well but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can't help it as we don't think like that," the skipper said at the post-match media interaction.
He said that why one defeat is being criticized as the end of the world.
"For some people, it might be the end of the world but it's not. For us, it's a game of cricket that we lost and we move on and keep our heads high," Kohli said.
In his acceptance of the defeat, he said, "We understand that we need to play well to win, also at home. There's no cakewalk at international level as teams will come and beat you. You accept it and that defines our character as a side."
"That's why we have been able to play this kind of cricket. If we would have paid attention to the outside chatter, we would again be at No. 7 or 8 in the rankings. We don't really bother about what people are saying on the outside," the skipper said.
"If we have lost then we have no shame in accepting that. It means we didn't play this game well. It doesn't mean that we have become a bad team overnight. People might want to change our thoughts, but it doesn't work like that."
Skipper Virat Kohli showed confidence and said that India will make a come back in the second game.