‘People need to relax’: Frustrated Virat Kohli hits backs after historic 10-wicket loss to Australia

A frustrated India captain Virat Kohli has hit back at critics after his gamble with the batting order backfired against Australia in the first ODI in Mumbai.

Kohli opted to move down from his favoured number three position in a bid to accommodate traditional openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in the top three.

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India gets the wobbles

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While India got off to a strong start, the innings stalled with Kohli forced to wait until the 28th over for his turn to bat.

When he got to the crease he appeared unsettled, flirting at wide deliveries from Pat Cummins before eventually falling to Adam Zampa, caught and bowled, for 16.

It left India in trouble at 4-156, a position they never fully recovered from, with the home side eventually bowled out for an under-par score of 255.

Australia made easy work of the total, cruising to a 10-wicket win and reaching the target in just the 38th over thanks to centuries from David Warner and Aaron Finch.

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“It’s about giving some guys opportunities,” he said after the match.

“Every now and then, it’s about putting people up there and testing them.

“People need to relax and not panic with one game. I am allowed to experiment a little bit and fail at times. Today was one of the days it didn’t come off.”

Kohli’s decision to move to number four prompted criticism from India great VVS Laxman.

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Kohli stunned by Zampa catch

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“I don’t see this working,” Laxman said after the end of the match.

“Sachin Tendulkar was the best player the world had ever seen. But he never relished batting at number four.”

“You want your best batsman to play maximum number of deliveries and set the game up and finish the game for the team, especially against quality attack. One cannot afford to experiment against this Australian bowling line-up.

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DRS saves Aus, shocks India

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“Virat Kohli has to bat at number three and set the game and finish the innings.”

Kohli admitted a rethink of the batting order was on the cards.

“We’ve had this discussion many times in the past as well,” Kohli said of Rahul’s batting position.

“Because of the way KL (Rahul) has been batting, we have tried to fit him in the batting line-up.

“But I don’t think it’s gone quite our way whenever I batted at four so probably will have to rethink that one.”

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