Indian captain Virat Kohli on Friday blamed the team’s poor batting for the loss of dreams of winning the Test series in South Africa, saying he doesn’t see any other important reason besides this. The South African team had a target of 212 runs to win the third and final test, which they achieved after losing three wickets and went on to win the series 2-1.
India got off to a great start by winning the first test at Centurion by 113 runs, but lost the second match by seven wickets in Johannesburg. South Africa shattered India’s dream of ‘conquering the last fort’ by winning the third Test by the same margin. At the postgame award ceremony, Kohli said hitting turned out to be the team’s weak link, and other than that, he can’t blame anything else at this point.
Kohli said: “It was the batting (which led to the loss). Apart from this, one cannot question any other aspect. People talk about fast bowling and rebounding, given their length (of South African bowlers). In All three tests, They were able to get more help than the wicket. The lack of concentration in the crucial moments cost us. The opposition managed to name those moments.”
“The South African bowlers were able to keep the pressure on us for a long time and force us to make mistakes. They understand these conditions very well,” Kohli said.
The Indian team could only score 198 runs in the second inning even after Rishabh Pant’s century. So South Africa didn’t get a bigger goal. The Indian captain said: “Batting needs to be improved, I’m not running away from that. Many times during the series a lot of wickets fell after one of our batsmen went back to the pavilion. Not a good thing. Obviously very disappointed with this. We know how much We’ve come a long way as a team. People hoped we could beat South Africa on their soil, this is a testament to our past successes.”
He said: “This time we can’t do that and this is the truth. Accepting it and coming back as better cricketers. We would also like to give credit for this victory to the South African team. It was a great test series for “It’s been a forceful series. The first match was great, but South Africa did amazingly well. They won both tests, they were able to do better with the ball in difficult conditions.”
Kohli praised the hitting of Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal during the series. He said: “I think the way Lokesh Rahul batted as a starter was great, Mayank did well on many occasions too. Our bowling game was great. Rishabh’s innings in this Test was special, Centurion’s win was special too.” .
South Africa captain Dean Elgar said the joy of this victory will last for days to come. He praised his team for making a wonderful comeback after losing the first test. He said: “Very excited, I think I will be engrossed in this for a day or two. I am very proud of this group. The players have made a great comeback. Even after losing the first match, we were hopeful that we can win the series,” he said. You can win. The way our bowling unit has performed throughout the series is fantastic. This is a young and talented group.”
Keegan Pietersen’s role was crucial in South Africa’s victory. He laid a solid foundation with an 82-run position on day three with a 78-run partnership with skipper Dean Elgar (30) and then added 52 runs with Rossi van der Dussen (41 not out) on the morning of day four. .round Player of the match and player of the tournament Keegan Pietersen said it was important to spend time on the wicket in these circumstances.
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He said: “Playing a test match is not easy. Challenging pitch, we have to deal with changing conditions. We have always faced a high quality bowling attack. It was important to spend time on the field while hitting more bats, it is so easy as it seems. I enjoyed every moment.”