IND vs AUS : Lack of all-round option affecting, can’t get Hardik Pandya bowling – Captain Kohli

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[title IND vs AUS : Lack of all-round option affecting, can’t get Hardik Pandya bowling –

Captain Kohli]

Sydney : Team India captain Virat Kohli has questioned the body-language of his team after the first ODI defeat against Australia. He said that the balance of the team is being affected due to Hardik Pandya not being fit for bowling because the team does not have many all-rounders.

India’s Australia tour started with disappointment, as the team lost with 66 runs in the first ODI. After, the match Kohli said, ‘Everyone needs to show their passion in the entire 50 overs. Maybe after a long time we played 50 overs of cricket, which can affect the players standing in the field. But we have played so much one day cricket that we know how to deal with it.’

He said, ‘I think the players’ performance after 25 overs on the field was not good. This is a disappointing thing. If you do not take advantage of the chances against the top-level rival team, then they will harm you and this is what happened today.’

Hardik Pandya is not fit for bowling right now, so Kohli said that this is affecting the balance of the team. He said, ‘We have to find a way to get the improvised bowlers to get some overs. Unfortunately, players like Hardik are not yet ready to bowl, we have to accept, we do not have any other all-rounder option at this time.’

He said, ‘This thing needs attention, it is an important part of the balance of any team. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are putting on some overs for Australia, which helped them. ‘

Kohli said that his bowlers could not take wickets at regular intervals, which helped Australia to score big. He said, ‘Wickets are the most important factor in winning the match, and we could not do that, as well as we could not take advantage of the pressure as we had created some mistakes on the field in the beginning.’

Asked if the team’s performance was affected after they arrived in Australia from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he said that this is not an excuse. He said, ‘we got a lot of time for preparation. No excuse can be made for this.’

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