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WTC Loss: Virat Kohli says will bring in “right people with right mindset to perform”

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India skipper Virat Kohli has expressed displeasure at some players for not showing the right intent to score runs that put pressure on the team resulting in the loss in the World Test Championship final. Notably, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 8 runs off 54 balls in the first innings and consumed 35 balls for his first run. He then managed just 15 runs off 80 balls in the second essay.

He indicated that he may bring in “right people with right mindset to perform” in the Test side just like the ODIs and T20s where they have multiple players ready to shoulder responsibility at the highest level.

Overhaul likely in Test team

Virat Kohli at the post match press conference said, “We will continue to reassess and continue to have conversations around what are the things required to strengthen our side and not follow or fall prey to certain patterns.” He added, “We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan ahead. If you see our white ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. Same thing needs to be done with Test cricket.”

Hinting at an overhaul in the team, Kohli said, “You have to reassess and replan and understand what dynamics work for the team and how we can be fearless. Bring in right people who have the right mindset to perform.” He also spoke about finding ways to score runs. India scored only 217 in the first innings and were all out for 170 in second innings.

“We definitely need to work out better plans on understanding how to score runs. We have to stay in sync with the momentum of the game and not let the game drift away too much. I don’t think there are any technical difficulties as such,” Kohli said.

“It’s more down to game awareness and being more brave in putting bowlers under pressure and not allowing them to bowl in similar areas for longer periods of time unless it is absolutely overcast and ball swinging all over the place like it happened on day 1.”

 

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