World Cup 2019: “We Weren’t Clinical with Bat,” Says Virat Kohli After Loss to England

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India tasted their first defeat of World Cup 2019 campaign at the hands of hosts England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday. Despite a century from Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli’s fifth consecutive half-century, India, chasing 338 to win, could only manage 306/5, falling 31 runs short of the target. At the post match presentation, Virat Kohli said, “if we were clinical with the bat, the result could have been different”.

After Kohli and Rohit’s departure debutant Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya added runs quickly to keep India in the game. Skipper Kohli also believed that when the duo were batting India in the game.

“We had a decent chance when they (Pant and Pandya) were in there. We kept losing wickets and that doesn’t help in a big chase, but credit goes to England in the end,” Kohli said.

When asked about the performance of India’s two spinners, he said, “If batsmen are able to reverse sweep for a six you can’t do much as a spinner.”
“They had to be more smart with their lines as it was difficult to contain runs with one short boundary,” he added.

England at one stage were looking well on course to score in excess of 350 runs but Indian bowlers did well to contain the innings in the end.
Ms Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav who came after Pandya and Pant’s departure and struggled to hit boundaries.