India captain Virat Kohli showed solidarity with his team a day after India went down to New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) and took to social media to share a motivational message for the team.
India was at the receiving end of a masterclass from the no.1 ranked Test team New Zealand. They made full use of the helpful conditions provided in Southampton by rain and overcast weather. Kane Williamson called the toss right and then bowled out India for a subpar 217 with Kyle Jamieson picking 5/31.
Then Devon Conway continued his brilliant form in Tests and scored a half-century, while even the tailenders Jamieson (21) and Tim Southee (30) chipped in to take New Zealand to 249 and earned a slim but important 32-run lead.
In the second do, India fared even badly despite the sun baking the pitch and making it a good surface to bat on. However, Tim Southee with four wickets, Trent Boult with three, and Jamieson again with 2 wickets crushed India for just 170 runs, and New Zealand got a target of just 139 runs to win.
Kane Williamson then played a captain’s knock scoring 54* and with Ross Taylor at the other end, guided the Blackcaps to a momentous victory over India.
This Isn’t Just A Team. It’s A Family: Virat Kohli
While New Zealand gets to go back home and celebrate their world championship status, India will have some time to ponder over what went wrong in the all-important WTC final and then prepare for the five-match Test series against England which begins on August 4 onwards.
The Indian contingent will have a month’s free time before preparing for the England Tests and the free time will help Virat Kohli and his group to freshen up with their families and spouses and then get back together for the task ahead.
While Kohli has spoken about the need to overhaul the Test team like the white-ball teams have been done, he still called it a family, not just a team, and mentioned that they will move forward, together, in a tweet.
“This isn’t just a team. It’s a family. We move ahead. TOGETHER,” Kohli tweeted this message with a photo of the Indian team in a huddle.
This isn’t just a team. It’s a family. We move ahead. TOGETHER 💙🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/E5ATtCGWLo
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 24, 2021