Jaipur: Virat Kohli feels the defeat against Australia in the first one-dayer in Pune on Sunday was “just an off day” when the world champions failed to do justice to their reputation both with the bat and the ball.
“It was one of those games when we didn’t do a few things too well,” said Kohli, after the practice session at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Tuesday.
“We were pretty good on the field, but not up to the mark with the ball. While batting, we played some bad shots and lost wickets at crucial times. It was just an off day,” added the star batsman.
Kohli admitted the Indian bowling was not up to the mark but pointed out it had happened for the first time in 20 matches. “If you look at our bowling in the last 20 games, we have been pretty good. Apart from the last game, there was one match in the West Indies where we gave away 340 runs to Sri Lanka … these things do happen at times.
“The wicket changed a bit in the last game. A bit of dew settled in and the ball was coming on quicker in the second innings. It wasn’t like that in the first innings, the ball wasn’t coming on. But we can’t take that into account … we should be able to handle it,” said Kohli.
Bowling in the death overs, Kohli said, was an important part of one-day matches. “It’s an area we are trying to improve on with every game. Wherever we get little assistance with the new ball, we try to dominate and control.
“In India, death over bowling is most important in one-day cricket. It’s a young side.
“Our bowlers are improving and working on field placements. They are also trying to play with the minds of the batsmen. It’s a young bowling attack, so we shouldn’t compare them to our greats of the past. They need time. Death over bowling is a skill you learn over time,” he said.