Without excuses, the hitters did not do enough for the bowlers to attack: Virat Kohli
CHRISTCHURCH: There are no excuses, said the Indian captain virat Kohli after another batting capitulation led to the defeat of his team's 0-2 series at the hands of New Zealand here on monday
A frank Kohli admitted that his batters disappointed the team after bowlers brought them back to the game the second day.
We accept it in advance and if we have to win away from home, we have to do it. No excuses, just learning to move on. In the tests, we couldn't play the cricket we wanted, Kohli said.
After making 242 in the first innings of the second test he must win, India withdrew by 124 in his second rehearsal, leaving the hosts with a victory goal of 132 for a series sweep.
The hitters did not do enough for the players to attempt to attack. Bowling was good, I even thought of Wellington We play well. Sometimes, if you play well and things don't happen, you have to take it easy, the boss said.
At the presentation ceremony, Kohli said his team would have to return to the drawing board.
"It was a matter of not having enough intent in the first game, and not closing out here. We didn't bowl in the right areas for long enough. They created a lot of pressure. It was a combination of us not executing well enough and New Zealand sticking to their plans.
Disappointing, I have to go back to the drawing board and correct things in the future.
When asked if the coin that did not fall in his favor had any impact, he said: Throw, you might think it is a factor, but we don't complain. It gave an additional advantage to bowlers in each event, but as an international side, you are expected to understand that.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said beating world number one India was immensely satisfying.
It is a very fine line, India is a world class team and beating them is quite satisfactory. A great effort, said Williamson.
Rather supporting surfaces, it could create opportunities at all times. History suggests that initially it works a little and flattens. The association of 30 and 40 races was huge on this surface.
A fantastic series from the outside, the way we cling to it.
He praised Kyle Jamieson, the man of the match, who impressed in both games.
Jamieson is an exciting talent, he contributed very well in both games. The races he scored towards the end of both games were incredibly valuable.
These two games are opportunities for us to try and move forward. We are looking to finish the season at the top.
In only his second Test, Jamieson picked up five wickets and scored a valuable 49 when New Zealand were in all sorts of trouble in their first innings.
It's been a couple of pretty surreal weeks, just to be part of the group and win a couple of games feels good, Jamieson said.
The tone conditions obviously help and try to find the fullest length and make decisions more frequently about the length and, sometimes, natural variations take over.
It is time that I worked hard on my batting, especially the lowest batting in the order and in both tests the associations in the order have made a difference.