As India gear up to face New Zealand for the 1st time since the defeat in the World Cup 2019 semi-final, thoughts of avenging that loss have been doing the rounds. But Indian captain Virat Kohli brushed aside all such ideas saying that the Kane Williamson-led side is so “nice” that you can’t even get into such a zone where you think of exacting revenge.
On the eve of the 1st T20I of the upcoming 5-match series, Virat Kohli was addressing the media in Auckland. When he was asked if he was thinking about revenge, he laughed while hailing the Kiwis for setting the “right example for teams to play at the international level”.
“Honestly, even if you think about revenge, these guys are so nice, you can’t get into that zone. We get along really well with these guys and it’s all about just being competitive on the field. They are probably one side that has set the right example for teams to play at the international level and how they should carry themselves. They are not nasty and you can tell by the way they play. We have a lot of respect for them and vice-versa. We were actually happy for them when they qualified for the finals because when you have lost you have to look at the larger picture,” said Kohli.
With opener Shikhar Dhawan injured, India also will have a few selection headaches when they sit down to choose their playing XI for the 1st T20I on Friday. Kohli said that Dhawan’s injury wouldn’t be a big setback as the team already has a number of guys in good form and some T20 experience under their belt to fill up the vacuum. Kohli also asserted that KL Rahul might continue to play in the middle-order in ODIs but most probably would open the innings in T20Is.