“May be, we will have to push harder now in the next few games to give us a 20-run cushion after a result like this. This is because we are playing on the same ground (Oval) as well in the next match,” he added.
Kohli said that rather than criticising his colleagues, he would like to compliment the good batting skills displayed by Sri Lanka on Thursday.
“I personally thought that we had enough on the board at the halfway stage. And I think our bowlers also bowled decently well. If the Lankan batsmen come out and play like that and everyone plays well, you have to give credit to the opposition as well.
We are not invincible,” Kohli said at the post-match media conference on Thursday night.
Defending champions India are now left in a do-or-die situation and will have to beat South Africa in the virtual quarter-final on Sunday to progress to the last four round.
“Yes, it’s become very exciting. Virtually every game is a quarter-final now. In our group especially, all teams are on two points, and you have to win your next game to go through, which is, I think, an exciting position to be in for all teams,” Kohli said.
“And for everyone involved in the tournament and the fans as well, I think, it’s a great scenario where you literally have two quarter-finals now which is going to be even more competitive cricket.
So we are pretty clear about the whole situation, and, it certainly has opened up the whole table for sure,” the Indian skipper added.