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Virat to take back positives from the series
Sayan Banerjee
22nd January 2017
A lose before the Champions Trophy would not hurt India, feels Skipper Virat Kohli, after losing a close contest against England today at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. India won the series 2-1.
Praising Hardik Pandya and Kedar Yadav, Kohli in the post match press conference said, “It was good to see young talents taking responsibilities. The way Hardik and Kedar batted today was a great. The conditions were not easy, but they read it well.
“It was also good to see Dhoni and Yuvraj getting runs together. Both batted very well in the last match.”
Talking about having a fast bowling all rounder in the team, he said, “All the team around the world uses the advantage of having a fast bowling all rounder, it allows you play an extra batsman. Hardik has really shown some characters in the series and has been quite helpful for the team.”
About the pitch he said, “It was nothing difficult we faced. We knew it would be challenging. The wicket has grass and that helped the English bowlers to get the bounce. They were clever and bowled well in the right areas. We knew it would be challenging.”
About chasing a target over three hundred, Virat said, “As a captain I was very happy with what England scored after 50 overs. We really restricted them well till the 45th over, but they have hard heaters till the end, so it was nothing surprising. As a captain I feel modern days cricket is lot batsman dominated, so I can not expect the opposition teams to score runs below three hundred.”
On the other hand, England skipper Eoin Morgen feels,  they bowled in a discipline way in the right areas and that helped them win the match, “We bowled in the right areas. The Indians batted really well. The last over was crucial, but we stuck to basics to check them go pass our total.”