India will have to find the right balance in the ODI side and get its “act together” before the World Cup next year, said skipper Virat Kohli after his team’s 2-1 loss in the three-match series.

“These kind of games will tell us what we need to improve upon for the World Cup. We need to have a good balance in the side, and we need to get our act right before the World Cup. We can’t rely on one skill, and we need to do well in all departments,” said Kohli.

“We were never up to the mark as far as runs were concerned. We had 25-30 runs too little. England were clinical in all departments and thoroughly deserved to win.”

“The pitch was slow throughout the day which was surprising, not damp, just slow. Against the new ball it was two-paced but slow with the spinners. Haven’t seen pitches like that here before. The bowlers did well, especially their spinners who didn’t get greedy and contained the runs before getting wickets eventually,” said Kohli.

He also defended the three changes he made for the crucial game. “We thought Dinesh did well, but he couldn’t convert his start, so I don’t regret the batting order changes. Shardul was meant to get some exposure, and Bhuvi needed to make a comeback. When the changes don’t come off, they look unnecessary.” Kohli missed out on a century in the series after he fell to a beauty from leggie Adil Rashid.

“I’ve been playing against Rashid since U-19 and it was a terrific ball, so it’s just one of those balls that you have to take in your stride and say “Wow”. I’m surprised that his turn has reduced over the years, but this one was an amazing ball,” said Kohli who is now looking forward to the five-Test series.

“The Test squad is pretty settled, and it’s going to be a lengthy series. We want to play tough cricket and we know the English side will provide us with that,” he added.

The scores: India 256 for eight in 50 overs lost to England 260 for two in 44.3 overs (Joe Root 100 n.o., Eoin Morgan 88 n.o.).

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