WTC Final: Our Playing XI was the best for the marquee clash, says Virat Kohli

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WTC Final, Virat Kohli

After facing a massive eight wickets defeat in the WTC Final against New Zealand, Virat Kohli said that the Playing XI selected for the marquee final was the best & the Indian team was just 30-40 runs short of target in the WTC Final.

Williamson & Taylor’s unbeaten knocks off 52 & 47 runs helped New Zealand to chase the target of 139 runs within 153 overs thereby clinching the inaugural WTC Final trophy at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

“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 told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

“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.

Complete focus & efforts on the Reserve Day helped the Black Caps had an edge over India who fell cheaply in the second innings. New Zealand made complete use of its 32 runs lead & restricted India for 170 in the second innings to walk away with an average target of 139 runs. The kiwis’ batsmen showed great intent with the bat & in the end ended up sealing a prestigious victory.

“It is great for the game (WTC) 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.

Earlier Tim Southee scalped four wickets to bundle out India for 170 in the second innings on the Reserve day. Kiwi’s lead of 32 runs meant that they require just 139 runs in 153 overs to win the inaugural WTC Final trophy. Williamson & Taylor with great determination stitched 96 runs stand to chase the target & guide Black Caps to a comfy win.

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