XtraTime Web Desk: After losing to West Indies by 43 runs in the third ODI last night India skipper Virat Kohli stated that his side badly missed a genuine all-rounder in the middle and with the return of Kedar Jadhav in the final two ODIs the Men in Blue would find the balance of the team.
The hosts failed to chase down the target of 284 runs to win despite the heroics of skipper Virat Kohli who hit his third successive ton in Test cricket.
Kohli blamed his bowlers for allowing West Indies to post 283 for 9 after having reduced the visitors to 227 for 8 in 43.5 overs.
“We bowled well, the wicket wasn’t offering much in the first 35 overs. In the later half, it became difficult. From 227 for 8 we should’ve been chasing 250-260, max, but we gave away a little in the last 10 overs and should’ve closed it out better,” Kohli said.
“Look when Hardik Pandya and Kedar both play, we get the extra option. When someone like Hardik is not playing, who gives you both bowling and batting option, it is difficult to get the balance.
“Kedar comes into the side in the next game, that’ll give us the balance and depth in the batting. You will always drift to one side when you don’t have the balance. We have to think about the perfect balance we need.”
Pandya had suffered a back injury last month during the Asia Cup and is out of action since then.
The India captain also said they needed to build partnerships.
“It was a pretty gettable total. We couldn’t get partnerships, which doesn’t happen often. We didn’t execute our plans properly.”
Kohli showered accolades on West Indies for their first win on the tour.
“West Indies is an explosive side, capable of beating anyone on their day, and they deserved to win,” he said.
Kohli on Saturday became the first Indian and 10th overall to score three successive hundreds in the One-day format.
Asked about his innings, Kohli said: “I don’t want to talk about my batting. It is a bit embarrassing when people ask you the same thing again and again.”
The India skipper said he should have executed his plans better against Marlon Samuels who removed him in the 42nd over to derail India’s chase.
“I wanted to go after Marlon, but didn’t execute it better. We have to take wins and losses in our stride, just a bad day in the office. We just need to execute our plans better,” he said.