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18 January 2018, 01:33 | Tracey Rhodes
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India suffered a 135-run drubbing at the hands of South Africa in the second cricket Test on the fifth day today to lose the three-match series 0-2. Pujara will have to play out of his gut to take the Indians home in this one.After bundling out South Africa for 258 in the second essay - thanks to Mohammed Shami (4/49) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/70) - India came out to bat with three and a half sessions to get the runs.
Kohli is a passionate personalty and thus, it would have been surprising if there weren't any fireworks in the post-match press conference. We don't decide the eleven according to the results.
Asked about the frequent chopping and changing in the starting XI ever since he has been captain, and whether that has affected the collective performance of the team as there is no consistency, Virat retorted by saying: "How many test matches have you gone out of 30?" We certainly don't sit here and say, "oh if you fail in one game you are not good enough to be at this level or.' Once the team loses". You make one decision and back it.
Kohli said, "Whoever is picked should be good enough to do the job for the team. When we did well in Australia we got 450 runs every first innings but our partnerships were massive so that is something that we haven't repeated here".
They were not good enough, he said, and they would have to take a long, hard look at themselves and re-evaluate their commitment to the Indian cause. "You can't pinpoint and say this is the best XI", he went on and on. "South Africa collectively were a much better team than us regardless of pitches we played on". It didn't look like the Centurion wicket that I know. If you don't believe you can win coming here, there is no point coming here. Kohli would never cease to mention that the players were told to come out with plans on how they would face the challenges here, but would it not have been desirable on the part of the seniors and the coaching staff to tell them how to do it? "He is set to join the team before the third Test", BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.
South African captain Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander put on a painstaking 46 in 26 overs to ensure India would have to chase more than 250.
"We should try to fight it out". The visitors need another 252 to win this one with seven wickets in the bag.
Reporter: In all the Tests that you have been captain you have changed your line up in nearly each Test.
Then late in the day came his dismissal for just five, trapped palpably in front by newcomer Lungi Ngidi which left his side with an uphill task to win on the final day. "We as a team don't think of what the opinion going around is".
In the 34 Tests that Kohli has captained, India have won 20 while losing just five. Only six South Africa have had better figures than his six for 39 in their debut Test. The last time we went to India we didn't play as well, but I do feel the conditions were touching on extreme.
It was a similar story in the second innings as AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar and Du Plessis made 80, 61 and 48 respectively.
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