At the post-match press conference, Virat Kohli was left baffled by a couple of questions after India’s 10-wicket loss to Pakistan in their T20 World Cup Super 12 opener in Dubai on Sunday. Virat Kohli had played down concerns around team combination. He also laughed off a question that he labelled as a “brave” question by the journalist.
Regarding the selection of the team when a journalist asked, “Ishan Kishan played pretty well in the warm-up match. Do you think that it’s a mistake if Ishan Kishan, could play and he could do better than Rohit Sharma?”
Virat answered, “That’s a very brave question. What do you think, sir? I played the team that I thought was the best. What is your opinion?”
“Will you drop Rohit Sharma from T20 international? Will you drop Rohit Sharma? Do you know what he did in the last game we played? Unbelievable (laughs). Sir, if you want controversy, please tell me before so I can answer accordingly,” he added.
Chasing 152, Pakistan got to the target in just 17.5 overs and with 10 wickets to spare. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan hit unbeaten fifties to beat India for the first time in a World Cup match after 12 attempts.
Rohit Sharma got out for a duck after failing to negotiate with a Shaheen Afridi yorker. Afridi also got KL Rahul cheaply too as India were reduced to 31/3 in the powerplay. Virat Kohli steadied the innings with a fifty but India kept losing regular wickets and managed just 151/7 in their quota of 20 overs.
India had a 12-0 record against Pakistan in World Cups before Sunday and had a 5-0 clean record over their rivals in T20 World Cups. However, the Pakistan team came up with an all-round effort to register a historic win despite Virat Kohli’s fighting fifty with the bat.
Kohli was also asked if India felt overconfident in the lead up to the T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan.
Responding to which Kohli said, “You know i’s amazing what reality is and what ideas people will have on the outside.”
He also added, “There is no shame in accepting that the opposition played better. They did not let us in at any stage and didn’t allow us to put pressure at any stage.”