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‘It was quite bizarre’ – Virat Kohli on India’s batting collapse in the first innings at Headingley

India were bundled out for 78 runs in the first innings after opting to bat first.

Virat Kohli (Source: Twitter)

India skipper Virat Kohli has termed his team’s collapse in the first innings of Headingley Test as quite bizarre. The visitors were bundled out for 78 runs in a session or so after winning the toss and opting to bat first. James Anderson was the one who swung the ball and picked the top three wickets while the other bowlers sustained that pressure relentlessly.

Talking about the same, Kohli admitted that it was a combination of good bowling and bad decision making from the batters. But he also noted that such collapses can happen in a country like England.

“Quite bizarre, it can happen in this country, batting collapses. We thought the pitch was good to bat on, coming on nicely. But the discipline forced mistakes and the pressure was relentless. Difficult to cope when you’re not scoring runs. That caused the batting order to crumble,” Kohli said in the presentation ceremony after the match.

However, the Indian skipper stuck to his decision of batting first and cleared that he had no regrets as the pitch looked very good to bat. “No, pitch looked good to bat on, when England batted it was a different ball game because we weren’t as good with the ball. The result is a reflection of how the teams played in this game, we expected them to bounce back,” the 32-year-old added.

When asked about the selection for the fourth Test, Virat Kohli stated that it will all depend on the pitch and the conditions on offer.

“Depends on the pitch, assess the surface, how much moisture and our decision will be based on that. I think this template works, the four seamers [in these conditions]. For sure, we set the template, you’re playing Test cricket, and we’ve bounced back in the past. There are things we need to improve but we will take pride in trying to correct those errors. Something we are looking forward to,” the Indian skipper noted.

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