Virat Kohli: Indian team is ‘hurt but not demoralised’ by loss
India skipper Virat Kohli said that his team is in pain after losing the third Test against England at Headingley by a big margin but they are not demoralised.
England beat India by an innings and 76 runs on the 4th day of the Test to level the five-match series, with the fourth starting at The Oval.
Virat said the short turnaround time will not be a problem to put the defeat behind them.
He said, “We like to be in this situation where people start coming at us with doubts and really start questioning the ability of our team,”
“That is the situation we love best. I can guarantee you one thing that we will not be demoralised by this loss.
“The guys in the changing room are hurt. And when they are hurt they badly want to correct the things that didn’t go well in this game. That is how we are going to play the next two test matches.”
Virat denied criticising individuals for the loss. He said the entire batting unit was disappointed in the first innings when India was shot out for 78, whereas the bowling unit was also not consistent enough.
He added the team will be open to switching players to give them a rest during the long series but they will not look to draft in an extra batsman in the remaining matches as it would distress their preferred balance.
India ranked 2nd in the world Tests ranking and had a chance to win the first Test in Nottingham before rain forced a draw while they beat England at Lord’s to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Virat Kohli said, “This game has been kind of an aberration in how we have gone this series,”
“You can’t become a bad team overnight.
“It all depends on your mindset, how you arrive in the next game. And I can assure you that we’ll arrive with a lot more determination and a lot more intensity than we had in this game.”
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