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Tetchy Kohli blames 'weak mentality' for India's abject losses to New Zealand
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Tetchy Kohli blames 'weak mentality' for India's abject losses to New Zealand

Virat Kohli was left unimpressed with his side and was vexed with a question from a journalist as New Zealand hammered India inside three days to complete a series whitewash on Monday.

Kohli was under fire from a journalist after he gave an animated send-off to Kane Williamson, however, the audio wasn’t heard on a stump mic.

The Indian captain, who was given the "spirit of cricket" award by the ICC, refused to answer questions when asked about his on-field conduct. “What do you think?" he replied to a journalist, when asked about allegedly swearing at Kane Williamson and the crowd.

"If you want to create controversy this is not the right place to be. I spoke with the match referee and he had no issues with what happened."

In the two Tests in New Zealand, India put on low scores of 165, 191, 242 and 124. There wasn’t any significant contribution from Kohli as he managed scores of 2, 19, 3 and 14.

His mediocre form resulted in his demotion from the No. 1 spot in the Test rankings for batsmen as Australia's star batter Steve Smith reclaimed the top position.

India started the third day at 90 for six and were skittled out for 124 before New Zealand chased down 132 for the loss of three wickets.

The stay at the crease for India’s batsmen came quickly to an end as Tim Southee and Trent Boult were all over them with the ball swinging around both ways.

"We were completely outplayed in this series, and obviously did not play the kind of cricket that we do play as a team," Kohli said.

He also highlighted the problems in the team's mental side of the game while probing the reasons explaining India's abject defeat.

"We were not positive enough, we were not brave enough," he added as he rued the lack of clarity in the tourists' batting approach.

India's successive losses pose serious questions on their efficiency on bowler-friendly wickets. Although they still sit atop the nine-team World Test Championship table, India's hegemony in the longer format has received a glaring dent following this result.