After coming up short in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday evening took to Instagram and posted a picture of his team in a huddle during the match. "This isn’t just a team. It’s a family. We move ahead. TOGETHER," he captioned the post.
During the post-match presentation on Wednesday, Kohli defended the team selection for the summit clash and said that his side fell 30-40 runs short in the finals.
For the uninitiated, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor played unbeaten knocks off 52 and 47 respectively as the Kiwis defeated India by eight wickets to clinch the inaugural edition of the WTC. Earlier, Tim Southee scalped four wickets as India was bundled out for 170 in the second innings on the Reserve Day. The inspired show with the ball ensured that the Black Caps would need to score 139 runs in a minimum of 53 overs to win the title.
"First up, a big congratulations to Kane and his team. They have shown great consistency and heart, and pull off a result in three days. They put us under pressure throughout the Test and did extremely well to win. It was difficult to get momentum on Day 2, and we did really well with the ball in the first innings. This morning was the difference where their bowlers executed their plans to perfection and did not give us scoring opportunities," Kohli said.
"We were 30-40 short of giving them a good target. I do not regret announcing my XI beforehand, because you need an all-rounder in the side but we made a unanimous decision that these are the best XI we can take into the park. Jamieson is coming up nicely in international cricket - good areas with the ball, and he can bat quite well too. He's had a great game and he deserves the man of the match award," he added.
Kohli, who is a huge proponent of Test cricket, further said that the format is the heartbeat of the game. "It (WTC) is great for the game and the more Test cricket is given importance, the better it will be for international cricket. It is a great move by ICC. Test cricket is the heartbeat of the game. It is a long summer ahead and we are really looking forward to the next series (Tests against England)," said Kohli.
Meanwhile, Kohli said he wants a series of three Test matches to decide a WTC final winner. "Look, firstly I am not in absolute agreement of deciding the best Test side over the course of one game, to be very honest. If it is a Test series, it has to be a test of character over three Tests," he said.
"Which team has the ability to come back into the series (should be a factor) ... It can't just be [about] pressure applied over two days of good cricket and you suddenly are not a good Test side anymore. I don't believe in that," Kohli added.
(With ANI and IANS inputs)