Mitchell is proud of New Zealand’s bowlers and praises Kohli as “world class”.
New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell on Sunday said he was proud of his team’s bowlers for their World Cup defeat against a “world-class” Virat Kohli-inspired Indian team.
he was all out for Mitchell’s 130 and the Kiwis were all out for 273, but the total proved insufficient as India chased it down with two overs to spare in Dharamsala.
Kohli hit 95 to lead the hosts to victory in their fifth match, knocking New Zealand from the top of the 10-team table after losing their first match.
New Zealand bowlers led by Lockie Ferguson took the regular wickets, but Kohli’s batting and a 78-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja, who scored an unbeaten 39, turned the match in India’s favor.
“He’s a world-class player and there’s a reason he’s considered one of the best players to ever play this game,” Mitchell said.
“A very good knock under pressure I thought and although he didn’t get 100, he got his team across the line.”
He added: “But yeah, look for us as Kiwis, we’ll just keep throwing punches, we’ll keep trying different things and we’ll keep trying to take wickets and I’m just really proud of our bowling unit tonight.
“For us, we’re really proud of our efforts and we look forward to taking on the Aussies in just under a week’s time.”
New Zealand will meet five-time winners Australia on Saturday at the same venue.
New Zealand lost their openers to slip to 19-2 before Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra, a Kiwi of Indian origin who hit 75, put on 159.
Mitchell raised his fifth ODI ton and smashed nine fours and five sixes in his 127-ball stay that ended on the penultimate ball of the innings.
“It was awesome back with ‘Rach’, he’s obviously in rich form at the moment and yeah, we were just having some fun out there and taking in what it is to be part of an amazing World Cup,” said Mitchell.
“For us New Zealanders living deep down in the earth, it’s very special to play on a pitch like this and in front of such a large crowd.”
New Zealand led 178-2 Though it looked, fast Indian player Mohammed Shami confused his opponents with a run in 5 minutes and 54 seconds in the first match of this World Cup.
Mitchell praised Shami and India’s fast bowlers for pulling the Kiwis down from a strong position.
“Obviously I thought the way India bowled was really special,” Mitchell said.
“Shami got his reward, but we also got (Jasprit) Bumrah and (Mohammad) Siraj. The way they took wickets probably held us back a little bit.”