Xtra Time Web Desk: India captain Virat Kohli admitted on Sunday that his team was not brave enough with the bat or the ball against New Zealand in the mandatory game of the T20 World Cup.
“I don’t think we were brave enough with the bat or the ball. We didn’t have much to defend, but we weren’t brave when we went out onto the pitch, ”said a dejected Virat Kohli after the match.
While New Zealand bounced back in style from their loss to Pakistan, India now has a mountain to climb, having suffered their second loss in a row in the tournament.
When asked if his team collapsed under pressure, Kohli said: “When you play for the Indian cricket team, you have high expectations, not only from the fans, but also from the players. So there will always be more pressure with our games and we have embraced it over the years. “
He added: “Everyone who plays for India has to accept it. And when you manage as a team, you get over it and we haven’t done it in these two games. “
India now faces must-win matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia. The Men in Blue must also rely on the results of other group matches.
India now faces the prospect of missing the knockout rounds of an ICC event for the first time since 2012 in what is Kohli’s last tournament as T20 captain.