Chasing 287 to win on the final day was always a difficult task for Indian batsmen & after loss, Indian captain Virat kohli got a little furious & lashes out in the press conference.
India lost their final seven wickets before lunch, as South Africa won by 135 runs at Centurion. With the win on Wednesday, Faf du Plessis & Co. took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Indian batsmen were far from par & didn’t learned from their mistakes in Cape Town, where they lost by 72 runs. Poor fielding from India also played a major role in their loss against South Africa.
With two run-outs in two innings, Pujara also became the first Indian batsmen to get out through run-out in both the innings of a test match.
Frustrated Indian skipper lost his cool at press conference when a South African journalist questioned Kohli about his team selection.
Journalist: You talking about the team not coming together well, maybe has that been because of the changing of the selection? In all the Tests that you have been captain, you have changed your line up in almost every Test. And I think you would know that to win Test matches you also need a little bit of consistency or a lot of consistency and you guys have been lacking that part. What would you put that down to and how would you basically say that you guys will continue changing your team and expect a different result?
Kohli: How many Test matches have you (South Africa) won out of 30? How many have you won? 21 wins, two losses, how many draws?
<Journalist: How many in India?
Kohli: Doesn’t matter wherever we are trying to do our best. I’m here to answer your questions not to fight with you.
After another question from Indian journalist about his ideal Playing X1,
Virat kohli said, “You tell me the best XI and we will play that. I mean the loss obviously hurts but you make one decision and back it. We certainly don’t sit here and say ‘oh, if you fail in one game, you are not fit to play at this level’. Didn’t we ever lose in India? The reason why we have such a big squad is that we believe in their abilities. You can’t pinpoint and say this is the best XI”.
This is not the first time kohli lost his calmness as he was also fined 25 percent of his match fee after he was found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play at Centurion on Monday.
The third and final Test will be played at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg from Wednesday, January 24.