IND vs ENG: We weren’t aware of what we had to do on that pitch, says Virat Kohli

AHMEDABAD: Outgunned by England on an interesting pitch, India captain Virat Kohli conceded that they were ignorant regarding dealing with the test presented by the conditions in the first T20 international, here on Friday. Welcome to bat, India oversaw only 124 for seven as the batsmen battled to adapt to the two-paced track at the Motera arena. England, nonetheless, pursued the objective easily, scoring 130 for 2 in 15.3 overs.

Kohli was pleased with the determination shown by Shreyas Iyer, who hit a half-century to help India post a respectable total.

“Shreyas showed how to use the crease and ride the bounce. Below par batting performance and England made us play. We looked to try a few things, but having said that you have to accept the conditions.

“If the pitch allows you to, you can be aggressive from ball one. We didn’t spend enough time assessing, Shreyas did but we had lost too many wickets to get to 150-160.”

Asked if switching from Test format to the shortest format was a reason for India’s struggle, Kohli disagreed.
“That shouldn’t be a factor, take pride in playing good white-ball cricket, won our last few T20 series. These five games before the World Cup, we have to try a few things, but we can’t take anything lightly against England.”

Happy to be on the winning side, England skipper said: “(It was a good game) Particularly in the bowling department, the wicket was better for us than we expected, we didn’t have to go to plan B and C very often, which is always a good sign.”

Opener Jason Roy’s familiar thump guaranteed that England continued on ahead serenely.

Morgan rushed to call attention to the effect Roy has in the group.

“Inside the side there’s enormous rivalry, outside the crew, as well. Colossal help for players who score runs and progresses admirably, and when Jason does it gees the young men up.”

Like Kohli, the England commander focused on that there was no Test headache on players.

“It is a totally unique configuration, particular. In large arrangement, similar to the Ashes, we’ve returned out the and gained from it,” Morgan closed down.

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