Hard to put the disappointment into words: Kohli

Hard to put the disappointment into words: Kohli

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: India skipper Virat Kohli was shell-shocked after Australia turned the tables and dismissed his side for 36, their lowest total in Test history, before going on to score an eight-wicket win to take 1-0 lead in the four-Test series.

"Very hard to put those feelings into words. We had a lead of 60-odd coming and just collapsed. When you work hard for two days and put yourself in a strong position and then an hour puts you in a position where it's literally impossible to win...," said Kohli appearing at a loss of words after the match.

He lamented that the batsmen did not show enough intent.

"I think we should have showed a little more intent today. They bowled similar kind of areas in the first inning as well but probably our mindset was to score runs.

"To be honest, there were some good balls but the ball didn't do anything drastic. I think it was the mindset, it was very evident. It felt like the runs were so difficult to come by and the bowlers got confident. I think it was a combination of lack of intent and the bowlers hitting their areas," Kohli added.

Kohli will leave for India after this game to attend the birth of his first child. He, however, expressed confidence that the rest of the boys will perform well to make a comeback in the series.

"Obviously you want to be committed to the team's cause, a result (for us) would have been really nice. But I'm pretty confident that the boys going forward will reflect on this and come back stronger in the Boxing Day Test (starting on December 26 at Melbourne)," he added.

Kohli added that there was no news on Shami, who was injured during India's innings.

"No news on Shami, he's going for a scan now. Could hardly lift his arm. We'll get the scans now and will know more in the evening."

India under Kohli had lost two successive Tests on three occasions before -- in South Africa in 2018, in England in 2018 and in New Zealand this year. Including those two Tests in New Zealand, India have now lost three Tests in a row.

Kohli, who took over as regular skipper of the Indian team in 2015 in Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, had led India in a 2-0 defeat in the two-Test series in New Zealand this year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic in February-March. They lost the first Test at Wellington by 10 wickets and the second at Christchurch by seven wickets against Kane Williamson's boys. They lost the Adelaide game on by eight wickets Saturday to complete a hat-trick of losses.

India did not play a Test match after the New Zealand tour in February-March and the pink-ball Test here was the first after that.
 

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