Luck has not been going India's way: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli was the top run-scorer for India hitting 44 runs on the opening day © AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Perth: Jan 13, 2012

 

Middle-order batsmen Virat Kohli on Friday credited Australia pacers for bowling good line and putting the tourists under immense pressure, after India were shot out for 161 on the opening day of the third Test at Perth.

 

India are trailing behind 2-0 in the Test series and have come under immense pressure as Australia rushed to 149 for no loss, and are all set to take first-innings lead.

 

Kohli said India’s woeful opening day of the third Test in Perth can be put down to simple old bad luck.

 

“It’s just one day. We still have four days left of Test match cricket. I don’t rate it as the worst day of Test match cricket I’ve experienced,” Kohli said after stumps on day one.

 

“To Australia’s credit they bowled in the right areas. They forced ourselves to play shots and they bowled in the right areas early on. From what I see we’ve lost wickets at important stages of the match. Even today … we lost two wickets before tea. Those sort of balls you need to put away for boundaries in cricket if you want to score runs. You just can’t go into a shell,” Kohli was quoted as saying by Sportal.com.au.

 

“Luck is a very important thing in cricket which unfortunately hasn’t been going our way in important phases just before breaks, after breaks, just before lunch and tea. We’ve lost important wickets at important times of the match,” he said.

 

“That’s all that’s been happening. I don’t think anyone has a lack of temperament or technique, it’s just that things haven’t been going our way recently,” Kohli added.

 

India registered the fourth-lowest first-innings total at the WACA and the lowest since Pakistan scored 155 during their tour of 1999.