Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Indian skipper Virat Kohli was sad to lose his only Test of the four-match series against Australia. India lose by eight wickets after a disastrous collapse in the 1st Test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Kohli was “hurt” after the embarrassing loss and said that “it is hard to put those feeling in words”.
“It’s very hard to put those feeling into words. We had a lead of 60-odd when we arrived. And then just collapsed. Played two days of good cricket to get in a position and then just lose it in an hour. Really hurts,” he said in the post-match conference, adding India did not have enough intent in the batting today.
Kohli will return home to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. However, he showed confidence in his teammates and said they will learn from it.
“It’s something that needs to be reflected and learnt from. Bowlers bowled similar kind of areas in the first innings as well, but then our mindset was to get runs. There were some good balls. But I don’t think it did anything drastic. Just the atmosphere was created where runs were difficult to come by. I think it was a combination of both – lack of intent, and bowlers bowling in good areas. Obviously you want to be committed to the team’s cause. I am confident the boys going forward will reflect on this and come up with a better result on Boxing Day”.
Furthermore, the Indian skipper also gave an update on Mohammad Shami’s injury.
Ind vs Aus: Mohammad Shami’s injury update
Kohli giving an update on Shami said “he was in a lot of pain and will not go for a scan now”.
“No news on Shami, he’s going for a scan now. Was in a lot of pain, couldn’t even lift his arm. We’ll probably know in the evening what happens,” he said.
India pacer got retired hurt due to which India had to end its innings with the lowest ever Test total of 36.
Shami’s problem began when he was hit on the elbow from Pat Cummins. Team physios rushed into his aid but that proved insufficient and Shami opted to trudge back to the pavilion. With this, India’s innings was considered over with the scoreboard reading 36/9.
Ind vs Aus: Tim Paine says “India’s collapse was unexpected”
Australian skipper Tim Paine said the way things went it was completely unexpected. “No, not really. Said in the media both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets. Didn’t expect it to come that quick. Was expecting a real dogfight. To hang in, give our bowlers a chance, and then turn up and start the day the way we did. Full credit to our bowling attack again. Nice to get off to a good start. Chuffed with the way we bowled in this Test. Still a bit of work to do with our batting. Burns is a really important part of our team. All cricketers know how hard it is to come out of a rut like that”.