After the defeat 3-2 in ODI series against Australia, Virat Kohli wasn’t offering any excuses. Trying different combinations in the series needed effort and time keeping the World Cup in the mind. He also said nobody in the dressing room was ‘panic’ after losing an ODI series at home just before the World Cup, as they were “pretty clear” about the XI for the world tournament. Indian fans are hoping for their team to win the trophy this year and booking their Cricket World Cup Tickets.
“Just because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, but purely because now it’s just that in the pressure moments, they [Australia] showed more composure than us.
“As a side, combination-wise, we are pretty good condition. Maximum one change, you’ll get to see condition-based. But other than that, the XI we want to play, we are pretty sure about it.”
In the final match, India went in with five pure bowling options by leaving out Rahul for Mohammed Shami and played Ravindra Jadeja at No.7. Kohli didn’t offer to test as a reason for India granting the series after being 2-0 up.
“And you have not tried that anywhere else apart from those three games. That is no reason at all because we believe to raise our standard of cricket. The change in playing XI is not a reason. It will never be a reason. But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good as much as necessary to perform at this level.”
Kohli also denied charging the dew, which hindered the bowlers above all in the fourth ODI in Mohali, for India’s series defeat and instead credited Australia for dealing with stress much better than the hosts did.
“We’ve given the liability to the player to be smart and to inform the management of the franchise and be in touch with Patrick, our physio,” Kohli said.
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