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India vs Australia: 'Hardik Was Laughing At Me When I Got Hammered in First T20I' - Krunal

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 25, 2018, 9:37 PM IST

India captain Virat Kohli praised his team for a complete performance in the third T20I at Sydney on Sunday, saying that skill-wise they were better than Australia.

"I thought it was a 180 type of wicket and we were very professional with the ball. Those 15 less runs were crucial at the end," said Kohli in the post-match presentation.

"Things became easy with the kind of start we got from the openers, Dinesh Karthik showed great composure towards the end. Maxwell and Zampa bowled really well, especially Maxwell who isn't a regular bowler. When our openers get going, its beneficial for us and then I try to finish the job at No.3. Overall, I feel a level series is a fair reflection," added Kohli.

Krunal Pandya was named man-of-the-match for his sensational figures of 4/36 and was happy to bounce back from a hammering he received in Melbourne.

"It is very difficult when you play your first game in Australia and you get hammered for 53 from 4 overs. To come out of that was not easy. It took me a while to back myself much more, especially when you have hardly played any game at this level," he said.

"Giving away 50-plus runs in Brisbane was very tough for me and the next 24 hours were tough. I had to convince myself again. Whatever anyone says, it takes some time to set in. When I played the second game (in Melbourne), I was very clear with my plans what I have to do.

"When you come back like this, it is very satisfying. You had such a bad day and then against the same opponent you do well, it gives satisfaction, happiness and a surety that you belong to this level. You haven't played at this level and then you perform like this it gives you hope that you can play at this level."

Following in the footsteps of his younger brother Hardik, Krunal made his international debut at home soil against the West Indies. Despite putting up consistent performances in the Indian Premier League, Krunal had to wait for his chance at the international level and he said he wanted to make this opportunity count.

"Hardik and I don't talk much about cricket. He was joking and laughing that I went for so many runs. I also joke when he plays poorly. That's all we talk about cricket," he said.

"I had to wait for my opportunities, but I was quite confident and I was preparing myself accordingly. Whenever I get an opportunity I will grab it with both hands. I have played against the West Indies and this is the second one. I think it is a long journey and I want to play every game focusing on process rather than thinking about results."

He also credited his bowling partnership with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav that helped him to prosper here.

"Kuldeep helped quite a bit. He has played a lot of games and in this series he has bowled really well. For me it becomes easier when your spin partner is bowling really well and you can share ideas. Every game he gave me some tips," Krunal said.

"Thus, a lot of credit goes to Kuldeep for creating pressure at the other end. It helped me to get those wickets."

Meanwhile, Australia captain Aaron Finch said that the Indian team took the game away in the powerplay,

"It's always tough to bring it back from 1/67. The way that we fought after that was brilliant," said Finch.

"Rohit and Dhawan have contrasting styles which makes it tough for bowlers. We just didn't execute our plans in the middle overs with the bat. Overall, I feel we are heading in the right direction and I am looking forward to the Tests. Now we will get down to Brisbane and prepare for 5-6 days," added Finch.

First Published: November 25, 2018, 5:47 PM IST

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