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Virat Kohli blames batting collapses for India’s series defeat against South Africa

Here is what India's captain had to say after the match in Cape Town.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 14 January 2022 9:02 pm

India’s dream of winning their maiden Test series in South Africa ended on Friday. Skipper Virat Kohli was certainly not a happy captain during the third Test between South Africa and India in Cape Town. After his side had set a target of 212 runs for the opposition, the match and the series was set for a thrilling finale. However, things did not really go India’s way in the 4th innings as the Proteas clinched a scintillating 7-wicket win, securing the series 2-1.

A lot of things during final two days of the match upset the Indian captain and he came under the radar for his angry statements which were caught on stump mic. After Dean Elgar survived a controversial LBW decision, Kohli lost his cool and had an angry outburst on the field where he made a few allegations against host broadcasters.

“Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball eh, not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time,” he said while intentionally talking on the stump mic. On Day 4 as well, a couple of decisions went against India where a close caught behind decision and an umpire’s call saved Rassie van der Dussen which left Kohli absolutely livid.

With many cricket experts and former players criticizing Kohli for his actions on the field during the match, it was always going to be intriguing to see what he had to say about the match and the series defeat.

Reflecting on the outcome of the contest, series defeat and their performance, here is what Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation:

– It’s a great spectacle of Tests for everyone to watch; hard-fought series. Great first game but SA did amazingly well. In both Tests they won, they were clinical with the ball in crunch moments. Lapse of concentration cost us key moments and they seized those moments; absolutely deserving winners in the end. (on 3-match series)

– As I said, one of the challenges we’ve faced touring abroad is make sure capitalizing on momentum, when we’ve done that we’ve won Tests away from home. When we haven’t, they’ve cost us quite bad. Have had a few collapses that have cost us important moments and Test matches. (on the defeat in 3rd Test)

– It’s batting; can’t pin-point any other aspect. People talk about pace and bounce, considering their heights, they were able to get much more off the wickets in all three Tests. They applied pressure long enough for us to make mistakes. It’s the understanding of conditions for them which they know very well. The batting has to be looked into, no running away from that. Having collapses every now and then is not a good thing. (on the conditions in South Africa)

– Obviously very disappointed, we know how far we’ve come as a team. That people expect us to beat SA in SA is testimony to how far we’ve come. We haven’t done it, that’s the reality, accept it and come back as better cricketers. Got to credit the opposition where due. (on the opportunity lost to win series in South Africa)

– I think the way KL batted as an opener was heartening, Mayank got stuck in on a couple of occasions, bowling was outstanding, few crucial knocks from the guys in the middle period, Rishabh’s knock in this Test was special, Centurion win was special too. Take the positives and move ahead, come back as better cricketers. (on the positives for Team India)

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