Our worst batting show: Kohli
Adelaide: India captain Virat Kohli can’t remember a “worse batting performance” by his team than the lowest ever Test score of 36 against Australia here but at the same time, he has urged people not to “make mountain out of a molehill”.
He did speak about batsmen ‘lacking intent’ to take forward the lead and although he didn’t take names, Mayank Agarwal’s approach (9 off 40 balls) in the morning was hard to explain when the team had a 62-run overnight advantage.
“I don’t think we have ever had a worse batting performance than this. So we can only go upwards from here and you will see guys stepping up and realising their true characters,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference after his team lost the first Test to Australia by eight wickets.
The Indian captain desperately tried but looked at pains to defend the indefensible — another inept overseas batting show with six successive scores of less than 250 just this year.
“It’s a strange one to be honest in my opinion. The ball didn’t do much but we didn’t have too much intent of going out there and taking the game forward,” he lamented.
“Everything happened so quickly that no one could make any sense of it,” Kohli was unable to fathom what hit his team.
“I don’t think it’s alarming and we can very well sit here and make a mountain out of a molehill, it’s basically looking at things in the right perspective,” he reasoned.