Southampton, June 24 (IANS) Indian skipper Virat Kohli called New Zealand a structured side that has extremely fit bowlers who bowl consistently over a long period of time. The bowling attack from New Zealand has been a success in rejecting Indian punches for under 200 on four occasions in the last six innings.
India, who only managed to score 217 in the first round of the World Cup in the final, were sacked in 170 in the second round on Wednesday. The goal of 139 was chased by the Kiwis for the loss of only two wickets.
“They are a very effective site. We’ve seen it over the years. They are a very structured side and they like to play their cricket in a certain way. Like I said, you have to find ways to disrupt it, ”Kohli said at the post-match press conference.
Kohli said fitness and consistency allow New Zealand bowlers to cast long spells in the same areas, often leading to breakthroughs.
Kohli himself was the victim of this consistency, as were Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who all fell in the first session on the sixth day.
“If you do not put their bowlers under pressure, then they have the fitness and consistency to throw long spells and keep bowling all day in the same areas and bother you, and the more momentum you give them, they always get the breakthrough they want, Added Kohli.
“I really think we have not put him under enough pressure. We allowed him to toast in similar areas for long periods of time and probably did not work the areas that we could score against him and that was probably also because of his consistency, ”Kohli added.