India captain Virat Kohli had no qualms in admitting that his team was outplayed by New Zealand in the opening Test but said they “can’t help” if a few want to make a “big deal” out of the 10-wicket defeat.
Hosts New Zealand thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Basin Reverse on Monday to go 1-0 ahead in the two-match series.
This was India’s first defeat in the World Test Championship, coming after two inept batting efforts.
“We know we haven’t played well but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can’t help it as we don’t think like that,” the skipper said at the post-match media interaction.
Virat Kohli said he fails to comprehend why one Test match defeat should be made to look like the end of the world for his team.
“For some people, it might be the end of the world but it’s not. For us, it’s a game of cricket that we lost and we move on and keep our heads high,” Virat Kohli said.
It is the acceptance of defeat that defines the character of a side, the world’s premier batsman said.
“We understand that we need to play well to win, also at home. There’s no cakewalk at international level as teams will come and beat you. You accept it and that defines our character as a side.” PTI KHS