India vs England 1st T20I: Virat Kohli says Lack of Execution of shots cost them the game against England

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India vs England 1st T20I: Virat Kohli says Lack of Execution of shots cost them the game against England.

India vs England 1st T20I: Indian skipper Virat Kohli says they were careless and unaware of the tricky surface in Ahmedabad for the first T20I game against England. The visitors outplayed hosts in the first game by comfortable eight wickets.

Called to bat, India looked under-confident against the magnificent bowling lineup of England. Shreyas Iyer’s 67 runs knock helped India to put 124 runs on board as a total that was below par on a good batting surface.

Indian top-order comprising of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli returned in mere 5th over of the first innings. All the players played poor shorts before reading the pitch.

“We just weren’t aware of what we had to do on that pitch, lack of execution on our shots and something we have to address,” Kohli said after going down by eight wickets.

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“Accept your faults, come back with more intent, clarity of areas you want to hit. Wicket didn’t allow you to hit the shots we wanted to.”

The skipper was delighted and pleased with Shreyas Iyer’s knock that helped India put a total on board.

“Shreyas showed how to use the crease and ride the bounce. Below par batting performance and England made us play. We looked to try a few things but having said that you have to accept the conditions.

“If the surface is good enough to hit, then you must go on but before that, you have to access it completely. We didn’t do that, Shreyas did but unfortunately, we were 4 wickets down by then.”

When asked whether switching from the Test format was the reason for India’s failure, Kohli said, “That should not be any factor. We have won our last couple of T20I series. These are the five T20I game before the World Cup and we cant take England lightly.”

The winning captain, Eoin Morgan was pleased with the kind of play they had. Brilliant batting by players and on top of that sensational bowling to restrict India on 124.

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