“Hard to put feelings to words”: Virat Kohli explains humiliating defeat to Australia as India registers lowest-ever total in Test

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India on Saturday registered their lowest-ever total in Test history as Australia inflicted an 8-wicket defeat on the Virat Kohli-led side. Reacting to India’s lowest Test total of 38-9 in their second innings, skipper Virat Kohli said that it was ‘hard to put those feelings to words.’

Kohli said after the match, “Very hard to put those feelings to words. We had a lead of 60-odd coming and just collapsed. When you work hard for two days and put yourself in a strong position and then an hour puts you in a position where it’s literally impossible to win.”

After taking a lead of 53 runs in the first innings, the Indian batting collapsed in the second innings. They were reduced to 36-9 when their innings ended following a nasty injury sustained by Mohammed Shami.

Kohli said that his batsmen ought to have showed ‘a little more intent today’ adding that ‘to be 100 for a wicket down might have been nice.’ “They bowled similar kinds of areas in the first inning as well but probably our mindset was to score runs. To be honest there were some good balls but the ball didn’t do anything drastic. I think it was the mindset, it was very evident. It felt like the runs were so difficult to come by and the bowlers got confident. I think it was a combination of lack of intent and the bowlers hitting their areas,” Kohli added.

The Indian skipper said the update on Shami’s injury would arrive in the evening after a scan. He said, “No news on Shami, he’s going for a scan now. Could hardly lift his arm. We’ll get the scans now and will know more in the evening.”

Australian skipper Tim Paine said, “Can’t really believe it. I said this morning in the media that both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets. Didn’t expect them to come this quick. When our boys execute and there’s anything in the wicket, this is what can happen. For the team very important to get close to that total. Obviously 5 for 79 you lose a few more and India go ahead in the test. When you’re as tall as our boys and as quick as our boys, it can become very difficult so credit to our bowlers again. Absolutely rapped with the way we bowled, but our batting was below what we expect. Burnsy is a really important part of our team and all cricketers know how hard it is to go on a run like that, to come out in a Test match and do that will do Burnsy a lot of good.”

Paine was adjudged Man Of The Match for his impressive knock in the first innings.

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