India vs Zimbabwe: Our pacers can learn from the opposition, says Virat Kohli

The India skipper praised Zimbabwe's bowlers and added that Vinay Kumar, Shame Ahmed and Jaydev Unadkat could learn how to use the new ball effectively.

Last updated on Monday, 29 July, 2013 11:34 IST
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Indian fast bowlers put up an improved show on Sunday but skipper Virat Kohli said they can still learn from Zimbabwe pacers on how to use the new ball effectively.

Vinay Kumar and Mohammed Shami, who came into the side after frontline pacers were rested, were ordinary in the first two matches of the series. (But Zim skipper is furious with his own team, says 'we are mentally weak')

Shami was economical on Sunday and picked up two wickets while Vinay Kumar took one wicket.

"Zimbabwe still have some inexperience in the (batting) line-up. Their bowlers have bowled in good areas. They know how to bowl on these wickets. They are using the two new balls well. Our fast bowlers can learn from them," Kohli said after India strolled to a seven-wicket win, which sealed the series.

Kohli yet again batted with responsibility as he made an unbeaten 68 in India's chase of 184.

"I am one of the few experienced guys in this side and I am trying to take responsibility," Kohli said at the post match presentation.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive figures of four for 47 as the hosts were bowled out for 183.

"My bowling coaches always tell me to go for wickets and not worry about (conceding) runs. Whenever you take wickets, it puts pressure on the other side," Mishra said after the match.

"There are a lot of upcoming players in the side and there is healthy competition," he added. (See: Match in pictures)

Meanwhile Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said the results have been frustrating for his side considering the amount of hard work they have put in.

"It is getting quite frustrating now. Leading up to the series the amount of work we put in that is not translating into results. Knowing the ability of the players, it is irritating," Taylor said.

Taylor believes that there is lot to play for in the remaining two matches and his batsmen would need to toughen up mentally to take on the Indian side.

"There is still lot to play for in Bulawayo. There have been soft dismissals and the guys need to toughen up mentally," he added.

Story first published on: Sunday, 28 July 2013 20:59 IST

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