Cape Town: 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 does not see any other major reason than this.
South Africa’s team had a target of 212 runs to win the third and final Test, which they achieved after losing three wickets and won the series 2-1.
India started off brilliantly by winning the first Test at Centurion by 113 runs but lost the second match by seven wickets in Johannesburg. South Africa broke India’s dream of ‘conquering the last fort’ by winning the third Test by the same margin.
At the post-match awards ceremony, Kohli said that the batting proved to be the weak link of the team and apart from that, he cannot blame anything else right now.
Kohli said, “It was the batting (that led to the loss). Also can’t question any other aspect people talk about fast bowling and bounce, looking at their (South African bowlers) length, they were able to get more help than wickets in all three test matches. are.”
Kohli said, “We had to pay the price for the lack of concentration in the crucial moments. The opposing team was able to name those moments.
Kohli said, “The South African bowlers were able to keep the pressure on us for a long time and force us to make mistakes. He understands these situations very well.
The Indian team could only score 198 runs in the second innings even after Rishabh Pant’s century. Due to which South Africa did not get a bigger target.
The Indian captain said, “It is necessary to improve batting, I am not running away from it. Several times during the series, after one of our batsmen returned to the pavilion, several wickets fell in a row. This is not a good thing. Obviously very disappointed by this.”
He said, “We know how long we have come as a team. People were expecting that we can beat South Africa on their soil, this is a testimony of our past successes.”
He said, “This time we cannot do that and that is the truth. Accepting this and returning as better cricketers. We would also like to give the credit of this victory to the South African team.
Terming it as a great series, Kohli said, “It was a great Test series for everyone. It has been a hard working series. The first match was great but South Africa did surprisingly well. They won both the Tests, they were able to do better with the ball in tough conditions.
Kohli praised the batting of Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal during the series.
He said, “I think the way Lokesh Rahul batted as an opener was excellent, Mayank also did well on many occasions. Our bowling was excellent. Rishabh’s innings in this Test was special, the Centurion win was also special.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar said that the joy of this victory will remain for the next few days. He praised his team for making a wonderful comeback after losing the first Test match.
He said, “Very excited, I think I will be engrossed in this in a day or two. I am very proud of this group. The players made a great comeback. Even after losing the first match, we were hopeful that we can win the series.”
Praising their bowlers, he said, “The way our bowling unit has performed throughout the series is phenomenal. This is a young, talented group.”
Keegan Pietersen’s role was important in this victory of South Africa. He laid a strong foundation with a 82-run stand on the third day with a 78-run partnership with captain Dean Elgar (30) and then added 52 runs with Rossi van der Dussen (41 not out) on the morning of the fourth day. round.
Player of the Match and Player of the Tournament Keegan Pietersen said that it was necessary to spend time on the wicket in these circumstances.
He said, “Playing a Test match is not easy. Challenging pitch, had to deal with changing conditions. We have always faced a high quality bowling attack. It was necessary to spend time on the field while batting. The longer you bat, the easier it becomes. I enjoyed every moment of it.”