Virat Kohli wants to change the Test team after India’s humiliating 8-wicket defeat in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
With batting being a major disappointment on the last day of the WTC final, the India skipper expressed his displeasure at some of the players for not showing enough intent to score runs. Though, the 32-year-old batsmen didn’t take anyone’s name.
“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan ahead. If you see our white-ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. The same thing needs to be done in Test cricket,” Virat said in a post-match press conference.
“You have to reassess and replan and understand what dynamics work for the team and how we can be fearless. Bring in the right people who have the right mindset to perform,” he added.
India were bowled out for just 170 runs in the second innings and eventually lost yet another ICC event.
Notably, India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara scored just 8 runs off 54 balls in the first innings against Kane Williamson-led side before getting dismissed by Kyle Jamieson in the second one for 80-ball 15.
Following the conclusion of the game, Kohli also suggested his batsmen to take calculated risks against a quality bowling attack like New Zealand.
“The endeavour would be to try and score runs and not worry about getting out in testing conditions. You have to take calculated risks against a quality bowling attack like NZ,” the skipper concluded.