"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 today 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."
"Someone like Ajinkya who has scored on and off, it is good to give them some confidence, even Dinesh Karthik was sent up the order. We have to be patient with them and the results will follow," he said confidently.
Assessing his team's performance in the tournament, Kohli said it could have been different had they not missed chances in the crucial games.
"We started off beautifully. We committed crucial mistakes against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and we lost the close games. Amit Mishra coming and bowling well against Pakistan, that was good to see. I am happy the way the team showed their character," he said, referring to several dropped and missed stumping chances.


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