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Virat Kohli slams batsmen after flop show in Pune

Saturday, 25th February 2017 would be marked as one of the worst days in Indian cricket history as Indian cricket team was handed a crushing 333 run defeat by Australia after 13 years in their own backyard. It was easily India's worst batting display in the last 2 years. It was only a couple of months ago that the Indian team registered its highest score in Test cricket in the final Test against England and in this game, only two Indian batsmen, KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara managed to score more than 20 runs in both the innings combined.

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The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, hardly minced any words in the post-match conference criticising his side's dismal show in the test match.

"We got outplayed in this game. We got to take it on the chin, accept that they outplayed us. It was our worst batting display in the last two years. We were not good enough on any of the three days. It was the case of us not applying ourselves too well. We need to see what we did wrong," said Kohli at the post-match presentation.

 

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The Indian captain who failed to performed in this match which was a rare occurrence also agreed to the fact that the visitors exploited the conditions better.
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"They exploited it better than us. They put us under pressure throughout and deserved to win this game. Credit to them that they played better than us.

"We've had two really bad sessions and to pull it back against a quality side is very difficult. But there are no excuses. Sometimes, you have to take your hat off and tell the opposition well done," he said.
 

 

Australian captain Steven Smith was all praise for man-of-the-match Steve O'Keefe and said "I'm proud of the way the guys played. O'Keefe bowled beautifully and was outstanding. We've got some good players of spin and good spinners. When he pulled his length back slightly (O'Keefe), it felt he'd get a wicket every ball. He's going to be a key player in the rest of the series"
 

"I thought it was going to be hard work (after looking at the wicket at the start of the Test match). Winning the toss was a bonus. We had good plans in place. It's been 4502 days since Australia won a Test in India, I know it to the day. A massive lead on this wicket helped."

"It is good to go 1-0 up but there is a lot of work to do in the rest of the series. I am enjoying my experience (on the spinning pitches). I am looking forward to the second Test in Bangalore," he added.

The Aussie's confidence would now surely be boosted after this thumping victory on the hosts and they will look to continue the show in the second test match in Bangalore scheduled on 4th March. However, the hosts will look to bounce back after a sudden slump in their performance and will look to settle the 1-0 lead taken by the visitors.

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