“They were the deserving winners at the end of the day”.
Kohli, the captain, had no hesitation in admitting it as well.
During his tenure as the Indian captain, MS Dhoni was criticised by fans on multiple occasions for backing players like Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and even Ravichandran Ashwin simply because they were his teammates in the Chennai Super Kings. Since our opening partnerships have not clicked in the recent past, such questions will arise, but as team management, we will back them.
‘I just look to keep things simple – bowl straight, bowl hard, bowl just short of a length and make the batsmen hit me off my good lengths’. “I got to know this yesterday and my family, my coach are very happy for me and it is indeed a very proud moment for me”, said Kohli. I think we were atleast 30-35 runs short.
Raina played the quintessential T20 innings, and easily had the best strike rate of all the Indians, whacking 34 in 23 balls, and launching the lone six of the innings.
“We definitely want to play more expressive cricket, play more positively than in the past and not worry about the result much”, he said.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra is most certainly to get a look-in ahead of Chahal with Jammu and Kashmir off-spinner Rasool.
I can comment on him after the second game having played him a bit. He is pretty confident and can bowl with the new ball against some of the attacking batsmen of the world. Everyone within the unit produced exactly what we talked about in executing our plans.
The visitors have added more firepower in their bowling with the addition of right-armer Chris Jordan and left-arm quick Tymal Mills. Whenever you’re chasing a low total, getting off to a flier is a huge positive. It releases any pressure on guys coming in.
After just 19 balls of their reply, the tourists were 42-0 as Jason Roy and Sam Billings cut loose in impressive manner. For England, all-rounder Moeen Ali (2/21) achieved his career-best T20 figures. “Next two games are going to be big”. He said: “He’s had a fantastic winter – the fitness he’s shown with his injury-prone past has been great and allowed him to play a lot of T20 cricket. Took some confidence from that and didn’t do much different, to be honest”. Root gave little away after the reprieve and safely took England over the line.
The pair put on 83 in 11.3 overs for the fourth wicket and when Root, who finished unbeaten on 46, was bowled off a no-ball from Bumrah, Kohli must have known it was not to be his night.