Virat Kohli says India have to reflect on what went wrong in an hour that changed the game.
India were bowled out for 36, their lowest-ever Test score, against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were the destroyers-in-chief with five and four wickets, respectively.
India’s innings lasted just 90 minutes, during which time not one India batsman got into double figures. Kohli struggled to find the words to explain the massacre.
‘It’s very hard to find words to express how everyone’s feeling in the change room,’ Kohli, said. ‘When you work hard for two days, you play some good cricket to get yourself in a good position, and then literally in an hour you put yourself in a position where it’s impossible to win.
‘To get 100 ahead with wickets in hand would have been a good position to be in. But it’s something that needs to be reflected on and learn from and we need to put in better performances going forward.’
Kohli noted that the Australia bowlers and the pitch did nothing drastically different from the first innings. ‘They bowled similar areas in the first innings as well, but probably our mindset and intent was to get runs, even if it’s ones and twos,’ Kohli said.
‘To be honest, there were some good balls, but I don’t think the ball did something drastic in the morning. It was just the mindset that put us into positions where the ball took edges and it was pretty evident in the way we went about things, just losing one [wicket] after the other.’