India vs England: Virat Kohli’s Says To Fans After Lord’s Match.
London: Embattled India captain Virat Kohli called on the fans to back his team following consecutive losses to England in the ongoing Test series, hoping that they “never give up” on the side.
“Sometimes we win and other times we learn. You never give up on us and we promise to never give up on you either. Onwards and upwards,” read a message on Virat Kohli’s official Facebook page.
India captain Virat Kohli on Monday took to Facebook and shared a message after India suffered an innings and 159-run defeat at the hands of England in the second Test at Lord’s. “Sometimes we win and other times we learn. You never give up on us and we promise to never give up on you either. Onwards and upwards,” Kohli’s post read. India are trailing England 2-0 in the five-Test series after losing the first two Tests, at Edgbaston and Lord’s, respectively.
India, who lost the first Test by 31 runs, were bowled out for 107 and 130 as England scored 396/7 in the second Test.
“We have to accept the mistakes, learn from them, put them aside, make sure we’re not thinking about the same mistakes again, rather get confident and not repeat those again,” Kohli had said after the match
“We’re thinking of nothing else but to go 2-1 in the series, and from thereon build on that strongly. We know that we do have the bowling attack to pick up 20 wickets and as batsmen we should think of that as an opportunity to score runs and make the team win games. What is sad is that we haven’t had those two skills come together,” the Indian skipper said.
Kohli also dropped a spot to No.2 in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen, a day after his side lost the Lord’s Test.
Kohli, who rose to the numero-uno spot by overtaking banned Australian Steve Smith last week, scored 23 and 17 in the second Test.
The Indian team lost the opening two Tests of the ongoing five-match series by heavy margins with the much-vaunted batting being a major let-down.
Kohli, after a hundred in the first Test, also experienced a dip in form in the second match and was troubled by an old back problem.
Following the innings and 159-run loss at the Lord’s, the skipper admitted that the team combination was “a bit off” when questioned specifically on selection decisions so far but insisted that the side would bounce back.
“(At) Two-nil down the only option is to come out positive, make it 2-1 and make it an exciting series from there,” Kohli had said.
The third Test starts this Saturday in Nottingham, following which the Indian team for the remaining two matches would be named
The third Test starts at Trent Bridge on August 18.