Kohli proud of teammates for fighting well

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 02, 2014 16:52 hrs

Mirpur: India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli today said it was a good learning experience for him leading the side and he is proud of his young teammates, who showed amazing resilience in the lost matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

India are virtually out of the tournament following the close one-wicket defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan today.

Kohli led the side in the absence of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"It is a good learning experience for me. I am proud of the way the boys played in the last two matches. We almost pulled of both. It's a young team. I am pleased to the see the fight shown by the bowlers," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Talking about his strategy to rotate his bowlers quickly, Kohli said," the idea was to not let them get used to one bowler. The guys put in a good effort after a modest total. Mishra was getting it to turn and I kept him for the end. Ashwin was confident of bowling in the death, so I kept his two overs as well."

Kohli said, "it could have gone either way, but they 20-30 runs short. "

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said the jinx that they choke under tense chases has been broken with this win.

"It is really an important win and I am very happy because wen played really well under pressure. We are labelled as bad chasers but Hafeez and Maqsood did well and Afridi finished it for us perfectly," he said.

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