India vs West Indies 2017: Virat Kohli blames poor fielding for loss

India captain Virat Kohli blamed poor fielding for their loss to West Indies in the lone T20I. He also felt that the visitors fell short by 20-30 runs.

india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jul 10, 2017 09:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Kingston (Jamaica)
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India captain Virat Kohli (L) and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni walk to the pavilion after losing to West Indies by 9 wickets a T20I at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on Sunday.(AP)

India skipper Virat Kohli laid the blame on poor fielding and his batsmen falling short by 20-30 runs after the West Indies thrashed India by nine wickets in the one-off Twenty20 International here at the Sabina Park on Sunday.

“We could have added 25-30 runs extra. We were on course for 230. In the field we dropped a few chances and if you don’t grab them, you don’t deserve them,” said Kohli after the match.

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The India skipper said that the failure to have someone bat through and make 80 or 90 hurt them a lot.

“If you have a good start up the order, one batsman has to bat through. I think Dinesh was good, but we needed someone to get 80-90 which a team needs in T20 cricket. Then we didn’t start well with the ball and didn’t field well either.”

Indian fielders dropped centurion Evin Lewis twice, once by Mohammed Shami and later by Dinesh Karthik as the left-handed batsman led them to a nine-wicket win.

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The captain, however, said that the Indian team is in experimental stage and through matches like these they are learning how to deal with various situations in T20 cricket.

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“West Indies have a good T20 team, they have carried on with the same team for a couple of years. We are in experimental stage and have had our ups and downs. But we need to keep going. T20 is anyone’s game, and one game doesn’t make a series.”

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 09:05 IST