Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who will head home on paternity leave, expressed confidence that the visitors will bounce back strongly after suffering a thumping defeat at the expense of Australia in the Day/Night Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Virat, however, said that it would've been great had India won the pink-ball Test before he heads back home on paternity leave but said things can only get better after the team was restricted to their lowest Test total of 36.
For the records, India's defeat to Australia in Adelaide was Virat Kohli's first after winning the toss in a Test match and India's 3rd successive in the longest format in 2020. The visitors will have a huge mountain to climb in the final three Tests, especially in Virat's absence.
"Well, look I would definitely have loved it for a fact if he had won this game. Leaving with a victory would have been great. But this is Test cricket, anything can happen at any stage. I am pretty confident that the team is going to bounce back strongly in Melbourne," Virat responded to a question at the post-match briefing.
"Few of the guys realize their true characters and how they can step up for the team. I'm definitely confident we will learn from this," he added.
"I don't think we've ever had a worse batting performance so we can only go up from here and understand we can do special things as a team when we think of partnerships and think of batting together.
"I'm very confident we will bounce back in Melbourne, you will see guys stepping up and realizing their true character and doing their true job for the team."
Ajinkya Rahane, who will lead India in the remaining matches, has to overcome a personal scar as well after his call cost Virat Kohli his wicket in the first innings. While Virat was dismissed for 4 in the second innings, Rahane couldn't even open his account.