India defeated Australia by 66 runs in the first ODI of the series, after which the visiting team captain Virat Kohli questioned the body-language of his fellow players. He also said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s inability to bowl is affecting the balance of the team.
Australia won the first ODI played in Sydney to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The hosts scored 374 runs for 6 wickets, after which Team India could score 308 runs for 8 wickets.
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Captain Kohli said after the match, ‘Everyone needs to show their passion in the entire 50 overs. Maybe, after a long time we played 50-over cricket which can have an impact on the players standing in the field but we have played so much ODI cricket that we know how to deal with it.
He added, ‘I think the players’ expressions after 25 overs on the field were not good. It is disappointing. If you do not take advantage of the chances against the top level rival team, then they will harm you and this is what happened today.
Hearty bowling is not ready
If Hardik Pandya is not fit for bowling right now, Kohli said that this is affecting the balance of the team. He said, ‘We have to find a way to get some overs from the improvised bowlers. Unfortunately a player like Hardik is not ready to bowl right now, we have to accept, we do not have any other all round option at this time.
He said, ‘This thing needs attention, it is an important part of any team’s balance. Marcus Stoynis, Glenn Maxwell putting some overs for Australia, which helped them.
The impact of not getting a wicket
Kohli said that his bowlers could not take wickets at regular intervals which helped Australia to score big. He said, “Taking wickets is the most important in winning the match, and we could not do the same, as well as some of the mistakes on the field, we could not take advantage of the pressure we had initially created.”
Asked if the team’s performance was affected after being in isolation from the UAE after reaching Australia, they said that this is not an excuse. He said, ‘I got a lot of time for preparation. No excuse can be made for this. Shikhar Dhawan (74) and Hardik (90) were the top scorers for India.
Talking about the batting unit, Kohli said, ‘We just talked a little bit about batting. All batsmen were committed to play, I think we gave ourselves a good chance. Hardik’s innings is the best example of this. As a batting unit, we were committed to playing positive cricket and we will do the same in future. (Input from agency)