India lost the Oval Test by 118 runs, thereby losing the five-match series against England 1-4. However, India skipper Virat Kohli insisted that his team were not outplayed and the final scoreline of 4-1 was not a true reflection of how his team competed in the five-match rubber.
It is not easy to be in Virat Kohli shoes right now. He scored 593 runs in the five-match series. However, he ended up on the losing side. Thus, it is palpable and understandable that he must be gutted at the result of 4-1.
Kohli lost his cool on a journalist who asked him about his remarks on the best Indian side in the last 15 years. Indian head Ravi Shastri had recently said that this is the best run any Indian side has had in the last 15-20 years.
“I can’t see any other Indian team in the last 15-20 years that has had the same run in such a short time, and you have had some great players playing in those series. So the promise is there, and it’s just about getting tougher mentally”, Ravi Shastri said.
“You have got to hurt when you lose matches because that’s when you look within and come out with the right kind of answers to combat such situations and get past the finishing line. One day you will if you believe”, said Ravi Shastri.
So yesterday in press conference when a journalist asked that do these kinds of tags put extra pressure on the team or do you think you are the best side?
Virat Kohli said in an irritated tone, “You have to believe you are the best team, why not”.
“Is this the best Indian side in the last 15 years?” the journo remarked.
“What do you think?” Virat quoted.
“I’m not sure,” the journalist iterated.
“You’re not sure? That’s your opinion. Thank you,” Virat Kohli ended in an irritated tone.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 12, 2018
Meanwhile, this is not the first time that Virat Kohli has hit out at a journalist. A similar incident had happened when India went on to lose the Test series against South Africa.