After an eight-wicket hammering at the hands of New Zealand on Sunday, Indian captain Virat Kohli stated his team was not daring enough with the bat, ball, or in its body language, putting the side in risk of a group-stage departure from the T20 World Cup. India lost by eight wickets to a polished New Zealand team that outplayed its opponents in all areas of the game, just seven days after the Men in Blue were thrashed by Pakistan by ten wickets. “With bat or ball, I don’t think we were daring enough. We didn’t show enough bravery in our body language “At the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli stated.
After being brought in to bat, India were reduced to a below-par 110 for seven, with Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner sharing the spoils with the ball. “We didn’t have much to protect, yet when we came out onto the field, we weren’t fearless.” Even though Kohli is stepping down as T20 captain after the current competition, the setback will raise new questions about his leadership. “When you play for the Indian cricket team, you have a lot of expectations — not just from spectators, but also from players,” Kohli remarked when asked about the squad’s weight of expectations. “With our games, there will always be more pressure, and we’ve welcomed it over the years.” Everyone who represents India must embrace the country. And you overcome it when you cope as a team, which we haven’t done these two games. “Just because you’re an Indian squad with high expectations doesn’t mean you have to change your game.” I think we’ll be good; there’s still a lot of cricket to be played,” Kohli continued, alluding to the team’s final three group games, which they must win to remain in contention.
On November 3, India will face Afghanistan, Scotland on November 5, and Namibia on November 8, bringing the league stage of the T20 extravaganza to a close. Let’s see if things work out in India’s favor next time!