Dubai: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Sunday slammed his team’s schedule for the first two matches of the ICC T20 World Cup here and said the gap of more than a week between the two matches is “laughable”.
India played their opening match of the tournament seven days back on October 24 against arch-rivals Pakistan and the team is playing a crucial match against New Zealand on Sunday.
“It’s ridiculous, we are playing for the second time in 10 days,” Kohli said at the toss of the match against New Zealand here. It was a long break. ”
Interestingly, after the 10-wicket loss to Pakistan, the star batsman had said that a break would be good for the team as the players were coming here after playing in the Indian Premier League.
Kohli had said, “I think it will be good for us from all perspectives. Knowing that we have played the full season, then we played the IPL which was very challenging here in the tough conditions in UAE and then we came to the World Cup. ”
“So these big breaks for us will definitely help us as a team to play physically in good shape in such big tournaments,” he said. But on Sunday he changed his mind but admitted that the long break helped his players recover from minor injuries.
Kohli said, “Yes, the players have recovered well. Have had good practice sessions and are looking forward to playing on the field which is a good thing. When you’ve got plenty of rest, you want to do better on the field. After the match against New Zealand, India will play Afghanistan on November 3, Scotland on November 5 and Namibia on November 8.
Kohli said after the second consecutive defeat, “It is very strange. I don’t think we were able to show courage in our game with bat or ball. We didn’t score many runs but didn’t come down with courage to save him.
He said that while playing for India one must come to face the expectations.
“When you play for the Indian cricket team, not only the fans but the players also have a lot of expectations. Expectations will always be there and we have been facing them for so many years. Every player who plays for India has to do it.
“When you play as a team, there is no pressure of expectations but in the last two games we could not do that. ”
Kohli, who was leaving the captaincy of the T20 team after this tournament, said, “Just because you are the Indian team and there are expectations from you, you can’t play differently.” He, however, added, “We are fine and we are fine.” There is still a lot of cricket left to play.
After losing to Pakistan by ten wickets, this defeat to New Zealand has made it difficult for India to reach the last four. He now has to play Afghanistan, Namibia, Scotland.
Brilliant all-rounder performance won the match: Williamson
Crediting his team’s all-round performance for their eight-wicket defeat in the crucial T20 World Cup match, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said he kept India under pressure throughout the match.
Batting first, the Indian team could score only 110 runs for seven wickets. In reply, New Zealand achieved the target for the loss of two wickets.
Williamson said after the match, “The strategy is made before every match. Against a strong team like India, this victory was achieved by all-round performance. We kept him under pressure throughout the match and our openers did a great job.
Praising his bowling attack, he said, “We have two good spinners and the bowlers have impressed as a unit. Ish Sodhi is a prolific bowler in limited overs cricket and spinners are proving to be very useful in these conditions.