Virat Kohli admitted on Wednesday that India had allowed Afghanistan to come too close for comfort in their opening match.
While the margin of victory was 23 runs, Kohli said India should have won with more ease. “We should have had a more comprehensive win. I’m hoping it was a case of the other team having nothing to lose and expressing themselves. I wasn’t worried about a defeat, but a few situations didn’t go according to plan for us,” he said.
Two aspects of India’s game did come under the scanner — the inability of the regular bowlers to contain the minnows and the poor form of the openers.
But Kohli tried to allay those fears.
“In T20 cricket, retaining the same combination of batsmen actually works better. You just need a 40-45 run start from the openers, and we have confidence that our openers can provide that,” the man of the match said.
“As regards our bowlers, we need them to bowl in better areas. In the initial phase, they are not doing too badly, but it is the death bowling that needs to be worked on,” he added when asked about Zaheer Khan, who has looked out of sorts in the last few matches.
Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan, meanwhile, gave credit to his boys for running India close. “We definitely did have a chance, and overall, the team played really well. The mistakes in the field (four dropped catches) did cost us about 15- 20 runs at least, but I don’t think they cost us the game, because a batting line-up as deep as India’s would’ve scored 140 anyway,” he said.