‘Pretty clear’ about our team for World Cup: India captain Virat Kohli

By Cricnwin Staff

Gurugram

Virat Kohli didn’t beat around the bush at the end of India’s 3-2 ODI series loss at the hands of Australia.

Chasing 273 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, India were all out for 237. This was India’s first series loss in the format since October 2015.

Kohli said that Australia “deserved to win” before adding that India are "pretty clear" about the XI for the World Cup.

"We are more or less sorted with what we want to do. The XI we want to play, we are pretty clear about it,” Kohli said.

"Now it is just about giving guys their roles and expecting them to stand up and deliver during the World Cup.

"So, we are not in a confused state anymore. Just probably one spot in the team that we have to discuss, and the rest of the team is pretty much sorted for us and we have been feeling pretty much balanced.”

Kohli, who scored two centuries in the series, said the team management wanted to use the last three matches to try out the 'fringe guys'.

"The last three games, the idea was to give the guys on the bench and the fringe guys a bit of game time as well and just put them in those positions and see how they react. And you couldn't have tried that anywhere else apart from those three games. That is not an excuse at all because we expect to raise our standard of cricket. The changes (in the playing XI) is not an excuse. It will never be an excuse. But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good enough to perform at this level," he said.

The India captain concluded by lauding the visitors for their “brave” show.

"If you look at the overall scene, I think Australia deserved to win. They played with more passion, they played with more hunger and they played with more heart than us in the last three games. They were brave in the pressure situations compared to our side. The first two games we were on the mark but the last three games, the way they raised their intensity and the way they grabbed the pressure moments, they are deserving winners of the series.”