Indian skipper Virat Kohli slams mediapersons questioning team selection after Centurion loss

Indian skipper Virat Kohli slams mediapersons questioning team selection after Centurion loss

Indian skipper Virat Kohli slams mediapersons questioning team selection after Centurion loss

"That's why they (South Africa) are the victor", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony here. Kohli, however, did address the issue of soft-dismissals, catch drops and lack of application from the players. The 76-year-old former India skipper, however, praised the captaincy of Kohli. He wasn't ducking the questions but everyone wasn't convinced by his answers. Kohli's knock took India within touching distance of South Africa's first innings tally, but his side eventually conceded a 28-run lead. The year that will see them travel overseas extensively has started disastrously.

When asked if this series victory was more to do with avenging their 2015 loss, Du Plessis didn't hide anything."It was tough for us".

Ishant Sharma as the replacement of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled brilliantly in Cape Town in the first Test, did a lot of talks.

When a South African journalist asked Kohli why there were changes in the eleven in every Test under his captaincy, Kohli lost his cool.

Here's the first of the Q&A. So look, we are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions.

IN CENTURION They say you can survive a goof-up once, not twice.

Kohli immediately shot back.


Reporter: Was it your best XI? We don't decide the 11 according to results. You need guys to put their heads down when the partnerships has gone to 60 and 70 and try to make it into 100 or 150 to give the team the best chance of winning a Test match or being in a solid position.

"It's massive for us and I think it's massive for India, knowing he is not batting", South Africa's Dean Elgar said. Finally, Parthiv Patel held onto one as Quinton walked back with the score on 163.While Parthiv has been a complete disaster behind the wicket, what was surprising was Kohli's decision to keep his best bowler on display in the first session - Shami - away from the bowling crease till the fag end of the session. But you make one decision and you back it. We don't sit here and say if you will fail in one game, you are not good enough to beat this level.

In a move that is likely to split opinion right down the middle, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has said that India rely too much on captain Virat Kohli. And as I said in the presentation as well, South Africa did that better than us. "It is not my job to pick the team". The first Test was bowling-friendly conditions where both teams bowled well, but in this Test on a wicket that is not supposed to suit seam bowling a lot, the areas that our bowlers hit…I suppose we've got more pace which helps.

He continued, "It doesn't feel nice that you come out and feel good as a team and then you are not able to execute what you want to". I am not here comforting my guys. When it came to a more direct "why Rohit and not Rahane" question, he said he was expecting a debate on that issue.

If there was one man who could overcome the vagaries of the pitch and the South African attack, it was Kohli.

Reporter: In all the Tests that you have been captain you have changed your line up in nearly each Test.

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