Adelaide, Dec 13: India's stand-in captain Virat Kohli said he had not slept well for the past 5 days during the 1st Test against Australia. The match came to a close today with the hosts winning on the final day by 48 runs.
Kohli hit a magnificent 141, his highest Test score but could not take India home as the rest of the batsmen failed in the run chase of 364 on the 5th and final day. India were bowled out for 315, losing 8 wickets in the final session.
After the match, Kohli had an interesting interaction with former India captain Rahul Dravid during a post-match television show where he made it clear that he never thought of putting down shutters even after Rohit Sharma got out.
"I am a pretty one-dimensional person. I don't believe that there is any point playing for a draw. Even when Vijay and Jinks (Rahane's nickname in the Indian team) got out, I was still backing myself for a win with Saha around. When Karn came in, I just told him to give me as much strike as possible."
Talking about his own batting, Kohli told Dravid that he hasn't swept so much in his life.
"I actually I was practising the lap shot at the nets but not the sweep. I don't remember having swept so much in a match."
On a different aspect of his batting, he was asked about how he had prepared to play Lyon,Kohli said,"I was trying to roll my bat and hit him atleast 20 degrees from where I was planning to hit. Yes, cover drive is my favourite shot but I was prepared to wait."
His humourous side came out when asked about him trying to play mediator during those on-field altercations, Kohli smiled and said, "You can understand that if I am playing the peacemaker then what was going on out there."
Captaincy does grow a few grey hairs and Kohli said that he now has now "grown 12 grey hairs over the past five days as he hasn't had too much of sleep."