I don’t think we were brave enough with the bat or the ball, says Kohli.

Dubai: Pressure was the word Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson returned to when they described New Zealand’s sweeping victory over India in Dubai.

It was the pressure exerted by the Black Caps bowling attack that never allowed India to settle after being laid down, and from there the Kiwis dictated the game.

Chasing just 111 for victory, New Zealand sailed to an eight-wicket victory, igniting their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign while leaving India in need of other results for a chance to reach the semi-finals.

And Black Caps captain Williamson, who scored 33 undefeated, was thrilled by the way his players prepared for victory.

He said: “It was a fantastic performance in all respects from us against a formidable Indian team that was always going to put up an incredible fight. Several things worked out for us and we were very clinical in all aspects.

“The first half of the game went perfectly on a surface where it was not easy to find the rhythm, we were able to build pressure at all times and the way they came first and got us off to a great start really set the platform for the chase. .

“The balance of our attack has two spinners, both were outstanding. I think the collective unity was outstanding, the way they kept passing the baton and pushing. It was a very good performance for us. We also saw a lot of good signals in our first match, which was very tight and we were able to take advantage of that. “

After a 10-wicket loss to Pakistan, India desperately needed a win but never got underway as they looked to establish a total.

A 71-ball boundless period typified their struggles and captain Kohli, who made nine before being caught in the depths like many of his teammates, felt his team needed to be braver.

He said: “It was quite strange. I don’t think we were brave enough with the bat or the ball. We didn’t have much to play with, but we weren’t brave enough in our body language when we entered the field. New Zealand had better intensity and better body language and they pushed us from the start.

“They kept saying that throughout the innings and every time we felt like we wanted to take a chance, we would lose a wicket. That happens in T20 cricket, but most of the time it’s the result of a bit of wavering with the bat and wondering whether or not it should be thrown.

“When you play for the Indian cricket team you have high expectations, not just from the fans, but from the players themselves. So there will always be more pressure with our games, that has always been the case and we have embraced it over the years.

“Everyone who plays for the India team has to accept it and learn to cope with it. And when you face that as a team, you can overcome that pressure and those situations and we haven’t done it in these two games and that’s why we haven’t won ”.


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