'Not good enough': Kohli has no excuses for heavy India Test loss

Tanya Simon
February 27, 2020

"We let ourselves down massively in the first innings with the bat", Kohli said.

The world's top-ranked team crashed to a 10-wicket defeat in the first session of day four to snap a nine-Test unbeaten streak dating back to the 2018 Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

In bowling chart, off-spinner R. Ashwin, who took three wickets for 99 in the first innings against New Zealand, slipped a place to ninth but remained the only Indian featuring in the top 10 with 765 points. This was enough for them to earn a huge win and hand India their first loss in the ICC World Test Championship.

"You could say the toss played a big role in this Test match but it's uncontrollable so you can't really focus on that and take that as a massive factor".

News website Stuff.co.nz pointed out that New Zealand entered the match after a 3-0 humiliation in their last series in Australia, making the win against India even more significant.

"We don't want to make too much of this pitch and what conditions were like".

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But he said at least five of the current team were serious contenders to make an all-time New Zealand top XI - bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, wicketkeeper BJ Watling, plus batters Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

Young opener Prithvi Shaw missed Thursday's training session due to a swelling on his left foot, increasing Indian team management's worries ahead of the second Test against New Zealand beginning on Saturday.

"I always liked batting, it was probably what I grew up admiring the most - whilst I did bowl, I did not think of that as my career option growing up".

Shaw, who was in contention to replace injured Rohit Sharma, was picked over India A skipper Shubman Gill to open alongside Mayank Agarwal. "If we can be accurate and as clinical as we were in this first game, then I think we're in for a cracking test because India, whether they lost the game or not, are still a fantastic cricket side".

Taking to Twitter, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar clarified why the Indian bowlers failed to rise to the Kiwi challenge in the opening Test of the two-match series.

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