India have lost the first of the five-match T20 series against England by 8 wickets on Friday. The fans have expressed disappointment with the way the Men in Blue have been beaten at the Narendra Modi Stadium. After the match, Virat Kohli said that the batsmen weren’t aware of how to bat on such tracks. He further went onto praise Shreyas Iyer for adapting to the conditions and playing a fabulous knock.
“We just weren’t aware enough about what we had to do on that pitch; lack of execution on our shots is something we have to address as batsmen. Accept your faults, come back with more intent, clarity of plans on the areas you want to hit. It was a strange kind of a start for us. Wicket didn’t allow you to hit the shots we wanted to. Shreyas showed how to use the depth of the crease and ride the bounce because there was variable bounce on that pitch. It was just a below-par batting performance, and England made us pay for it,” said Virat Kohli.
The talk about showing intent has almost become a platitude before the T20I series. When asked about the same, Virat Kohli admitted that his batsmen might have gone ahead of themselves in that regard.
“We looked to try a few things, but having said that, you have to accept the conditions that are in front of you. If the pitch allows you to, you can be aggressive from ball one. But we got ahead of ourselves a little bit. We didn’t spend enough time assessing it; Shreyas did, but we had lost too many wickets to get to 150-160,” observed Virat Kohli.
The second T20 between India and England will be played on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium.