Virat Kohli on Monday said his side didn’t show enough competitiveness as India crashed to a ten-wicket loss in the first Test against New Zealand.
The defeat brought an end to India’s unbeaten run in the last nine Tests – starting from the 2018 MCG Test against Australia.
This is India’s first loss so far in their eight Test Championship games, although they still remain on top of the rankings.
India were bowled out for 165 in the first innings before facing a 183-run deficit in the second innings.
"We did not show enough competitiveness," Kohli said as his batsmen couldn’t come on top of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson.
In the second innings, Tim Southee finished the job with four for 20 to complete his Test five-wicket haul, leaving his side with a target of nine runs.
"We let ourselves down massively in the first innings with the bat," Kohli said.
"You could say the toss played a big role in this Test match but it's an uncontrollable so you can't really focus on that and take that as a massive factor.
"We don't want to make too much of this pitch and what conditions were like. The simple truth is we did not play good enough cricket and that's why we lost.
"Some people might want it to be the end of the world but it's not. For us it's a game of cricket we lost and we move on, we keep our heads high."
He added that something around 240 in the first innings would’ve given his bowlers a better chance but at the same time, he heaped praise on New Zealand seamers for denying them of any sort of width off both front and back foot.
"They get in the mind of the batsmen and then make the batsmen do something that they don't want to," he said.
"To be honest they did not give us any room even on the back foot or the front foot so we have to accept they outplayed us in this game and they bowled much better than we did."
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson described New Zealand's 100th Test win as a ‘special effort’.
With bumper Neil Wagner unavailable due to the birth of his child, New Zealand had to mix things up to unsettle the touring side.
"We tried doing thing a little bit differently," Williamson said.
"The best part of the bowling performance was their ability to put the ball into an area that creates the most opportunity for dismissals like lbws, bowled or caught behind and we saw that today with the change of lengths to create that."
Southee said a change up in lengths had broken the momentum of Indian batters.
"It's been about buying into what the team needs ... and being willing to try things and look to break the momentum of the batting side," he said.
The second Test will be played in Christchurch on Saturday.