India skipper Virat Kohli comments about Ashish Nehra and team performance | Memsaab.com

Captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday credited India's first ever win over New Zealand in T20 International to the clinical show by both his batsmen and bowlers.

"Very clinical performance with the whole team. I thought the wicket was damp but Rohit (Sharma) and Shikhar (Dhawan) were outstanding. And with the ball as well, we were brilliant.

In This Image: Ashish Nehra
The bowlers bowled where they should and the fielders backed it up," Kohli said after India's 53-run win in the first T20 International here. He described Hardik Pandya's catch to dismiss Martin Guptill as one of the best he has seen. Kohli was happy that Dhawan was able to show his T20 prowess with a range of shots in his 52-ball 80 which was laced with 10 fours and two sixes.
 

He also paid tribute to the retiring Delhi team-mate Ashish Nehra and said the team will miss him.

He also paid tribute to the retiring Delhi team-mate Ashish Nehra and said the team will miss him.
In This Image: Virat Kohli
Asked about a photo of Nehra giving an award to a young Kohli long time back, Virat said, "That was back in 2003 after he had come back from the World Cup. I was 13 then and struggling for a place in the school team.

"To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. I know how professional he's been and how hard he's worked.

In This Image: Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli
He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he's got a beautiful family. We'll stay in touch but we'll miss him and I wish him all the best."

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson termed his side's performance as disappointing but said they would look to bounce back in the second match.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson termed his side's performance as disappointing but said they would look to bounce back in the second match.
In This Image: Ashish Nehra
"It was a disappointing performance tonight. We were very poor on the field. India played superbly. There are no excuses. We needed to play better. India were outstanding and never gave us a sniff. Our spinners bowled really well but the bowlers around them went for a lot of runs," he said.
 

"I want to congratulate Ashish on a fantastic career. I have played against him and with him, always a gentleman on and off the field."

In This Image: Virat Kohli
Man-of-the-match Shikhar Dhawan said he needed this kind of performance as he has not done that well in this shortest format.

"I was very happy with the way I batted. It was needed because I hadn't really performed in T20 internationals," he said.

In This Image: Ashish Nehra
"It wasn't an easy wicket. Rohit started slowly, so I took over and did the scoring. I feel like I can play anywhere on the ground. I've got all the shots.All three formats are very important for me. I love all three formats and I love this game. I've got the belief that I can perform in all three formats and I make sure my processes and fitness are in place so I can compete with 25-year olds."