We were not brave enough with bat and ball, says Virat Kohli after second loss
New Delhi : After losing their second game in the ongoing T20 World Cup, Team India skipper Virat Kohli admitted that the team’s performance was not as per expectations. India lost the game to New Zealand on Sunday.
"We need to be brutal here. I don't think we were brave enough with the bat or ball. Didn't have much to defend but we weren't brave when we walked out to the field. New Zealand had more intensity," a curt Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"When you play for the Indian cricket team you have a lot of expectations - not just from fans, but players as well. Everyone who plays for India has to embrace it. And when you cope together as a team you overcome it and we haven't done it these two games. Just because you're the Indian team and there are expectations doesn't mean you start playing differently," he added.
Jasprit Bumrah, however, said that the batters were asked to provide the bowlers a cushion of 15-20 runs to the bowlers.
"As a bowler, I don't teach them how to bat. The discussion was that batters would attack to give the bowlers a cushion and in doing that I believe we attacked a bit too early. Longer boundaries came into play and they used the slower balls quite well. Also singles were not there and they went for high risk shots," Bumrah said.
India’s chances of making to the semifinal?
The chances are very less that India will now qualify for the semifinals of T20 World Cup; the only hope remains that Afghanistan defeats New Zealand and then India defeats Afghanistan by a huge margin.