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Virat Kohli insists critics fire India up as they look to bounce back from England loss


India captain Virat Kohli has insisted his side “will not be demoralised” by their innings defeat to England in the third Test

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A defiant Virat Kohli has insisted that India will bounce back from their disappointing innings defeat to England at Headingley.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Kohli stated India “like to be in this situation where people start coming at us with doubts” and that they “will not be demoralised by this loss.”

He said: “If what happens in one game guarantees you the same thing the next game, we should have smashed England again [after winning the second Test at Lord’s].

“It didn’t happen. We like to be in this situation where people start coming at us with doubts and start questioning our ability.








India captain Virat Kohli has insisted his side “will not be demoralised” by their innings defeat to England in the third Test
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“That is the situation we love best. We will not be demoralised by this loss. The guys in the changing room are hurt.

“When you are hurt, you really want to correct the things that did not go our way. That is the way we will play the next two Tests.”

Kohli also spoke in depth about India’s two batting collapses, with England skittling them for just 78 in the first innings and then taking eight for 63 in the second.





“As a batting group, we failed in this game in the first innings,” Kohli added. “Second innings we did a better job.

“As a bowling group also, we accept we are not consistent enough. That’s it. I know what happens when we lose one game.

“I have said this in the past so many times that we are not going to fall into this trap where we start picking on issues or one or two things to talk about. We fail as a team, and we win as a team.








Kohli has also defended his batters, stating “we fail as a team, and we win as a team”
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He continued: “You can’t judge people all the time on numbers and whether they are succeeding or failing. That is not how you make a team.

“There is still time in this series. After two more Test matches, we can look back and analyse, ‘okay these are the areas that were not quite right,’ but right now is not the time.





“This game has been kind of an aberration in how we have gone this series. First two games, we put ourselves in a position where we won one game and had the opportunity to win the first one as well.

“We analyse ourselves as a team and not [individual] numbers. That all happens on the outside.

“Whether we are helping to build partnerships and putting the team in good positions is our only focus. There is no connect between the focuses on the outside and focuses within the group.”





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