Virat Kohli said that they need to play for the country as a job and should think beyond just the job to do better, after the completion of the second test match at the Lords. India lost the game by an innings and 159 runs. This was the heaviest defeat for Virat Kohli as the captain of Indian team.
India is trail by 0-2 in this test series. The first day of the second test match at the Lord’s, Thursday’s play was canceled due to rain without bowling a delivery. On the other hand, Indians could not sustain the pace attack by the English bowlers and were bowled out at 107 runs and 130 runs in two respective innings.
English could register a lead of 289 runs by batting just once and registering 396 runs and losing 7 wickets. The hosts could make the most out of the opportunity and restrict the Indians. Though Indians were at the top in the ICC test rankings, they could not give a tough fight for the hosts. The Indian batting line up was stronger when compared to 2014 but the team compositions gave a massive blow to the visitors.
India won just a solitary test series outside Asia past five years, against West Indies. The lack of practice before the red-ball series is another Achille’s heel for the team. They played a single warm-up match against Essex before the test series. The truncation of a four-day match to a three-day one raised many eyebrows at that time.
Kohli and his men need to improve before the situation grows worse. The hosts expressed confidence about clinching this series with a massive lead and the visitors need to mend their ways to give the hosts a tough fight.
In this context, Kohli said that “It’s our job and our duty to play for the country, and we should be better than that,”
“Unless you accept that, you can’t improve and compete. We have to accept what we did wrong — mistakes have been made — and not repeat them again.”
Though he suffered a stiff back, he gave a competent answer to James Anderson and Stuart Board on the third day of the game. He added “As of yesterday (Saturday) it was not great,”
“The back is one thing that can be very tricky…but the good thing is I have five days before the next Test,”
“We are confident I should be ready.” He signed off.