Tough lessons in defeat will harden India

India captain Virat Kohli admitted that until his team begins to "capitalize" the important moments in the matches where they have created pressure and maintain it, they will not win the series of tests overseas.

And the only way to create pressure, Kohli emphasized, was to start a series well and not "warm up," as India did after losing the winning lead in Edgbaston on the fifth morning of the first Test, which they lost by 31 careers.

"We need to start the series well, we can not warm up in a series because the first Test is always crucial, and we have to make sure that we are in the right frame of mind to be able to do everything right to hit first" Said Kohli following the defeat of his team in the series 4-1 in the Oval.

India, the No. 1 ranked test team, came up with many experts predicting their best performance in England in a decade, and with Kohli himself saying that his squad had the right balance compared to previous tour teams led by MS Dhoni, in 2011 and 2014, when India lost the series by 4-0 and 3-1 margins. However, India managed to win a Test this time as well, the third in Nottingham, where a collective effort in all three departments allowed them to remain in the series after consecutive defeats in Edgbaston and Lord & # 39; s.

Kohli said that India did not sustain that kind of effort and pressure, and that is how England snatched control of the series quickly. "We do not see this series as something that makes us think that we can not play abroad, of course, we can play, but can we take advantage of important moments better than the opposition?" At this moment, no, we have not done it. 19659002] "But in the future we want to do that, and that's the only way we win series, and our goal is to win series, not win the odd match game and be happy for"

According to Kohli, the only reason why he did not feel "hard", despite a unilateral marker, was due to the attitude with which his team played in the five tests.

"We are definitely not happy with the way the series it's gone, but the way we play our cricket is something that, not me, nobody in the change room, no one doubts even one percent, because we play with the right attitude and the will to win all the games that we play. "

As an exam For example, he pointed to the last day of the series at The Oval, where India looked at a giant goal of 464. Kohli, being the first baseball duck, was one of the three Indian lands that fell on the fourth afternoon. [19659002] England already had more than one foot by the door. But KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, two of the best scorers in the last IPL, played aggressively in a slow, flat pitch to create a contest after a second session without wicketless. Both Rahul and Pant would end centuries ago.

More than the races, said Kohli, it was the audacity and the situational awareness that gave him hope for future series. "It's not hard [done-by] at all because what matters to me is the kind of attitude that you play cricket with," he said. "We said at the end of the fourth game that we would not throw in the towel and we did not."

"We were also a short bowler [Ishant Sharma retired with a sore ankle on the fourth morning] in the second possibility, but even then the batters came and I liked that. Many teams in the past basically gave up, but we did not. And this type of series shows you exactly the type of character of the individuals, and I see it as an opportunity and not as adversity, because if you keep winning all the time, many failures are swept under the carpet, you do not realize the failures You need to work and I certainly have not played my cricket like that. "

Despite the steep goal, Kohli said that on Tuesday morning the focus of the batting unit was to play with an attitude that would create good memories, and that is exactly what Rahul and Pant did, he added. ] "The only thing we talk about how we react to the fifth day play is going to determine a lot of what will happen in the future for all of us," he said. It is very easy to give up and say that it is very difficult or that we can not do this. But if you show the right attitude, throughout your career, you will have more good memories than bad ones and the game will give you back because you are respecting the game and playing the right way.

"Boys like KL [Rahul]] who had not had a great race, but still go and play like that." The boys want to take responsibility and want to be in the fight Rishabh was doubtful after a few entries and then comes and plays well as well, I mean that the association was something like a great show of character. "

Kohli said that going for victory became a possibility at the beginning of the final session, as long as Rahul and Pant were in the fold with the goal less than 100. But, the mere fact that they thought that way They showed the courage and the heart of their hitters.

"Not many people will notice, but they look at it as if we have not been interested or not, they have had motivation, but that was not the case, clearly, because they were asking for victory and these guys only hit very well. All the credit to them that they played the game with the right attitude, and they totally respected the game. "

source:- espncricinfo.com

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