India has lost back-to-back Test series in South Africa and England with many former greats, including legendary Sunil Gavaskar questioning as to why the team did not play adequate number of warm-up games. Kohli gave his point of view on the raging debate about team’s mode of preparation.
“Lot of people talk about tour games but where are those tour games happening and against what quality of bowling are very important questions to be asked,” Kohli said. “Time is not utilised well if you don’t get the quality of opposition that you will face in Test cricket,” he added.
Asked where exactly India went wrong in the ongoing series, Kohli pointed out two crucial phases — the second innings chase at the Edgbaston (1st Test) and the first innings at Southampton (fourth Test). “Sitting right now, two things — the second innings at Birmingham and first innings at Southampton. Sitting here, I am not thinking of anything else. The key was to make the team win and twice I could have contributed more.”
“I know Trent Bridge was great but I remember second innings at Birmingham and first innings at Southampton. I am thinking so that if I am in the same position once again, I won’t let the team down,” the Indian captain said.
The skipper said that as a leader, he is the first one to own up mistakes. “I am always focussed on where my mistakes are and how I can improve upon them. I am willing to accept mistakes even in the best of times so that I can keep on improving. It’s important for the team that my mindset stays good so that I can lead from the front and if I am only thinking about my performances, then I am not doing justice to the responsibility that I am given.”
But Kohli did admit that it “hurt” losing matches from position of dominance.