Weekend Post (South Africa)

Kohli vows no repeat of Pune test debacle


INDIA have learnt their lessons from the debacle in Pune and will not repeat the mistakes in the second test against Australia, captain Virat Kohli said yesterday.

Kohli’s men entered the series with a 19-test unbeaten streak, but were comprehens­ively thumped by 333 runs inside three days on a spin-friendly track in the series opener in Pune.

Kohli blamed the setback on his team’s lack of intent, but promised a better display in the second test which started today.

“Obviously you want to forget if a result does not go your way, but it is important the loss should hurt you and you learn from that,” Kohli said.

“If you play well every day, every session, then you will win the test match. We didn’t do that. We understand that and we will improve on those areas until the end of the series.

“But I assure you that you will not see a repeat of that kind of performanc­e.”

India were bundled out for 105 and 107 in their two innings, with Australia left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picking up 12 wickets in the match.

Before Pune, India’s last defeat came at Galle in 2015 in the first test against Sri Lanka.

The Kohli-led side then won the next two matches of the series to start a strong run. -– Reuters

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