Virat Kohli highlights poor batting: The India captain didn’t mince words in blaming the batting unit behind the loss of the Test series.
India Test captain Virat Kohli believes the “lapse of concentration” stopped his team at key moments in the recently concluded third match against South Africa in Cape Town.
Kohli, who praised the opposition for “performing better” in consecutive test matches to win the series, spoke about how India was unable to carry on the momentum, especially after winning the first test match at Centurion.
“I think it’s a great show of test cricket for everyone to see. We played well in the first game to win, but South Africa recovered well in the second and also kept the momentum going in the third. There was also a lapse in concentration from us at key moments. I thought South Africa performed better in those key moments and totally deserved the win,” said Kohli. supercar during the post-match presentation ceremony.
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Virat Kohli highlights poor batting as the main reason behind Test series loss
Not shying away from blaming hitters for a series loss, Kohli admitted they need to look at the hitting department. Veteran batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, in particular, have been in the worst forms of their lives averaging under 25 over their last 10 Test innings.
“It’s definitely hitting, no question about that. His bowlers were simply better in terms of execution and application of pressure. Batting is definitely something to watch out for.
“There are no excuses there. It’s really disappointing for sure. We did well in Australia and England, but that doesn’t guarantee success in South Africa. The reality is that we haven’t won here in South Africa and we have to deal with it,” Kohli said.
Before concluding, Kohli selected the positive aspects that India will take from this series. The pattern was lyrical about centurions Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant as the two were the only batsmen to reach the triple-figure mark in this series.
“KL’s [Rahul] batting as a starter [among positives]. Mayak [Agarwal] get stuck and then Rishabh [Pant] tickets of this game, these are some positive aspects that we can take home. Also, obviously our victory at Centurion was special,” concluded Kohli.