Day Four of the India vs New Zealand 1st Test started with India on 144 for 4, they had been within the arrears by 39 runs and there was a semblance of a likelihood for the side to dig in take a lead. However, Tim Southee and Trent Boult had different plans. They took the previous ball and forged a spell everywhere in the Basin Reserve as India misplaced their six wickets for 47 runs and New Zealand gained the match by 10 wickets. It was India’s first loss within the ICC World Test Championship and captain Kohli was hurting. He trudged off the sector wanting on at loads of questions.
Toss did play a big half on this match and though coach Ravi Shastri had spoken about taking toss out of the equation, it was the deciding think about Wellington and it was not misplaced on the Indian captain.
“Day one it was probably the toss that turned out to be very important,” Kohli mentioned. “But at the same time, as a batting unit, we take a lot of pride in being competitive, and we were just not competitive enough. I don’t think we put their bowlers under enough pressure in the first innings. Anything over 220-230, then you are talking a different language. Even the deficit looks much lesser if you get that score on the board – and if you get the last three batsmen out cheaper, which wasn’t the case… But yeah, that first innings put us behind the game already, and that lead put us under pressure, which was hard to come back from.”
India collapsed twice within the match and this was what harm their possibilities and for the skipper this was a massive lesson for the side going ahead. However, he was not keen to be too laborious on the batting crew and backed them to study from this reversal.
“I think we have to stick to our template that has got us success and not think too much about where we are playing or what kind of pitch we are playing on. Our strength is to put enough runs on the board for our bowlers to get attacking. I think that is something as a batting unit that we need to take more responsibility,” he mentioned.