Virat Kohli takes on a journalist in South Africa

Lynette Rowe
January 19, 2018

The Indian skipper is keen to point out that India have won 20 (not 21) Tests under his watch, wherein he has changed the playing XI 34 times in 34 matches.

Mumbai: India produced a forgettable batting performance on Day 5 to lose the second Test against South Africa by 135 runs and trail the three-game rubber 2-0 at Centurion's SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Pujara had also been run out first ball in the first innings and has now been involved in six of India's last eight run-outs in tests.

"Yes, the conditions were not in our favour or what we would have liked but we still needed to win". We can blame the groundsmen, but we also have to blame ourselves.

Du Plessis says the never-say-die attitude from his players in hard conditions was particularly pleasing, along with the collective team effort from both the batsmen and bowlers and in the field. And answering your question sir, how many times did South Africa come into the game in India?

Kohli, who stroked a fighting 153 in India's first innings, said his side erred in reading the Centurion wicket properly. I think it was a great team effort from everyone, from the fielders, to the bowlers, and to big pressure moments with the bat in hand. "I feel there is always a battle between bat and ball, so for me that is a good Test wicket".

Ajinkya Rahane's omission and Bhuvneshwar's sackiing had left observers stunned but there was more surprise in store when Kohli, for instance, delayed taking the new ball on the penultimate day and bowled Mohammed Shami for only one over after lunch when he had taken three wickets in the first session. "I'm here to answer your questions, not to fight with you", he countered and said regarding this. We had the best XI there.

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He said, "We haven't had the opportunity to beat India 3-0 for a while".

"I take a lot of pleasure in winning games like this where the team needs a lot of heart, character and fight to get across the line". To win Test matches you need consistency, and you have been lacking that part.

It was precisely Ngidi's ability to stay grounded that struck Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis most. With the defeat, India's unbeaten streak of 9-series win came to an end.

When asked how many of those wins came in India, Kohli was not amused.

"We can have processes where we make sure CSA has someone that looks after the groundsman to get the right kind of pitches - not make it ridiculous".

Playing on his home ground, where he represents the Titans, Ngidi was cheered by the crowd throughout this game, in particular when he dismissed Kohli. India tour England and Australia later this year and the media there will be very unforgiving if Kohli continues his outbursts with reporters doing their job. Although, given the way that Rabada and Ngidi bowled at Centurion, perhaps it will not be long before we are speaking of South Africans blackwashing opposition.

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