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India vs South Africa: ‘No Running Away From Batting Collapses,’ Says Virat Kohli On India’s Series Loss

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India vs South Africa: ‘No Running Away From Batting Collapses,’ Says Virat Kohli On India’s Series Loss

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 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 post-match awards ceremony, Kohli said the batting proved to be the weak link of the team and apart from that, he can’t blame anything else right now.

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 bounce, given their (South African bowlers) length. 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 commit mistakes. They understand these conditions very well,” Kohli said.

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 the batting, I am not running away from it. Many times during the series, many wickets fell after one of our batsmen returned to the pavilion. It is not a good thing. Obviously very disappointed with this 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 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 win to the South African team. It was a great Test series for all. “It’s been a hard-hitting series. The first match was great but South Africa did amazingly 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, Centurion The victory was also special.”

South Africa captain Dean Elgar said that the joy of this victory will last for the next few days. He praised his team for making a wonderful comeback after losing the first Test. He said, “Very excited, I think I’ll be engrossed in it for a day or two. I’m very proud of this group. The players have made a great comeback. Even after losing the first match, we were hopeful that we will be able to win the series,” he said. Can win. The way our bowling unit has performed throughout the series is fantastic. This is a young, talented group.”

Keegan Pietersen’s role was crucial in South Africa’s victory. 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 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 high quality bowling attack. It was important to spend time on the field while batting. The longer you bat, the more you bat, It’s as easy as it gets. I enjoyed every moment of it.”

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