Mirpur: Team India skipper Virat Kohli said it was difficult to keep the motivation level high coming into an inconsequential contest against Afghanistan and regretted mistakes at the critical junctures in the matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan for which they had to pay in the Asia Cup. (India bow out with win over Afghanistan)
"It was a complete performance. It was hard to motivate the team when you have been travelling and are out of contention for the final. Last night, we were hoping that Bangladesh wins but that did not happen. Being more relaxed worked for us, we were quite tense in the earlier games," Kohli said after India trounced Afghanistan by eight wickets.
Asked about the reshuffle in the batting order on Wednesday as Ajinkya Rahane was asked to open the innings in place of Rohit Sharma, Kohli said the "idea was to give guys time in the middle."