Tough lessons in de­feat will harden In­dia’s team: Kohli

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Lon­don, UK - In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli has ad­mit­ted that un­til and un­less his team starts "cap­i­tal­is­ing" on im­por­tant mo­ments in matches where it has cre­ated pres­sure, and sus­tain it, it will not win Test se­ries over­seas.

And the only way to cre­ate pres­sure, Kohli em­pha­sised, was by start­ing a se­ries well and not "warm­ing up", as In­dia did af­ter los­ing the win­ning ad­van­tage at Edg­bas­ton on the fifth morn­ing of the first Test, which it lost by 31 runs.

"We need to start se­ries well, we can't warm up in to a se­ries be­cause the first Test is al­ways cru­cial, and we need to make sure we are in the right frame of mind to be able to do all the things right to strike first," Kohli said in the wake of his team's 4-1 se­ries de­feat at The Oval on Tues­day.

In­dia, the No 1-ranked Test team, had ar­rived with many pun­dits pre­dict­ing its best show­ing in Eng­land in a decade, and with Kohli him­self say­ing that his squad had the right bal­ance com­pared to the pre­vi­ous tour­ing teams lead by M S Dhoni, in 2011 and 2014, when In­dia lost the se­ries by 4-0 and 3-1 mar­gins.

Yet, In­dia man­aged to win one Test this time too, the third in Not­ting­ham, where a col­lec­tive effort across all three de­part­ments en­abled it to stay in the se­ries af­ter con­sec­u­tive losses at Edg­bas­ton and Lord's.

Kohli said In­dia did not sus­tain that kind of effort and pres­sure, and that is how Eng­land snatched the con­trol of the se­ries quickly.

"We do not look at this se­ries as some­thing that makes us think we can't play in over­seas con­di­tions. Of course, we can play, but can we cap­i­talise on the im­por­tant mo­ments bet­ter than the op­po­si­tion? At the mo­ment, no, we haven't done that. But in the fu­ture we want to do that, and, that is the only way we win se­ries, and our aim is to win se­ries, not to win the odd Test match and be happy about it."

Ac­cord­ing to Kohli the only rea­son he was feel­ing not "hard-done by", despite a one-sided score­line, was be­cause of the at­ti­tude with which his team played through­out the five Tests.

"We are def­i­nitely not happy about the way the se­ries has gone, but the way we played our cricket is some­thing that, not me, no-one in the change room, no-one doubts even one per cent, be­cause we played with the right at­ti­tude and the will to win ev­ery game that we played."

As an ex­am­ple he pointed out the fi­nal day's play of the se­ries at The Oval where In­dia were star­ing at a mam­moth tar­get of 464.

But Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant, two of the high­est scor­ers in the last IPL, played ag­gres­sively on a slow and flat pitch to cre­ate a con­test af­ter a wick­et­less sec­ond ses­sion. Both Rahul and Pant would end up mak­ing cen­turies.

More than the runs, Kohli said, it was the bold­ness and the sit­u­a­tional aware­ness that gave him hope for fu­ture se­ries.

"Not hard [done-by] at all be­cause what mat­ters to me is the kind of at­ti­tude you play cricket with," he said.

"We said at the end of the fourth game that we won't throw in the towel and we didn't,” said Kohli.

Vi­rat Kohli

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