Indian captain and Skipper Virat Kohli defended India's bowling combination for the World Test Championship final. This comes after India lost WTC final to New Zealand by eight wickets on Wednesday.
He said that going in with a four-pronged pace attack was possible only with a fast-bowling all-rounder. India fielded both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja along with pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
Kohli declared that there was nothing wrong with India's choice of bowlers as they needed to score more runs in order to let their spinners call shots.
Kohli quoted saying "You need to have a fast-bowling all-rounder for that. We've been successful with this combination in different conditions. We thought this was our best combination, and we had batting depth as well, and if there was more game time, the spinners would have come into the game more as well. We lost only three wickets (on day one) but we could have got more runs if play had gone on without the interruptions. Today, the Kiwi bowlers executed their plans to perfection and pushed us back, and we were probably 30 or 40 runs short."
Kohli also praised his worthy opponents "They showed great consistency and heart to pull out a result in just over three days, sticking to their processes to put us under pressure. They deserved the win. The first day got washed out, and when play resumed it was difficult to get any momentum."
India have not won an ICC tournament in eight years, despite reaching the finals six times. The last time India won an ICC Trophy was in 2013, when they beat England in the final to win the ICC Champions Trophy under MS Dhoni.