ADELAIDE, Dec 19: A deflated India skipper Virat Kohli conceded he had no words to explain the morale-crushing loss to Australia in the opening day/night Test here and blamed his batsmen�s �lack of intent� for the side�s lowest ever Test score. A rampaging Australia cruised to an emphatic eight-wicket victory inside two and half days in the opening Test after India collapsed to 36 in their second innings.
�Very hard to put those feelings into words. We had a lead of 60-odd coming and just collapsed. When you work hard for two days and put yourself in a strong position and then an hour puts you in a position where it�s literally impossible to win,� Kohli said in the post-match presentation. �I think we should have showed a little more intent today. They (Australians) bowled in similar kind of areas in the first innings as well but probably our mindset was to score runs.�
He said the Australians bowled some good balls but didn�t do anything drastically different from the first innings.
�I think it was the mindset, it was very evident. It felt like the runs were so difficult to come by and the bowlers got confident.
�I think it was a combination of lack of intent and the (Australian) bowlers hitting their areas.�
Kohli will be leaving for home for the birth of first child next month, leaving Ajinkya Rahane to lead the side in the remaining three Tests.
�Obviously you want to be committed to the team�s cause, a (good) result would have been really nice. But I�m pretty confident that the boys going forward will reflect on this and come back stronger on Boxing Day,� he said referring to the second Test starting December 26 in Melbourne. � PTI