Kohli says batting failure led to series loss

Indian Skipper Virat Kohli Accepts His Mistakes In The 2nd Test Against South Africa

India lose 2nd Test and series in South Africa

But, for a couple of journalists gathered at the post-match press conference on Wednesday, that was not good enough. What would you put that down to, and how would you say that you will continue changing your team and still expect different results? How many have you won. "You can't pinpoint and say which is the best 11".

"We have repeated these mistakes in both matches".

"I think as a professional player‚ you do go through ups and downs and sometimes bowlers do find your weaknesses". "We have not come here to play the way we have done".

"Maybe it is a factor of me identifying my weaknesses more but I don't feel out of nick or anything like that". We will need to be hard on ourselves. We will ask the guys to be honest about what they were feeling at particular stages in the game."Unless you speak about it and lay it out in front of everyone, there is very little chance of improving".

South Africa were better than us, especially in the fielding department, and that's why they are the winners.

"These are things an individual needs to sit back and reflect on".

Reacting to the question, an angry Kohli said: "How many Test matches have we won out of 30?" It was obvious that he was referring to the dust bowls in India which have always evoked world-wide criticism. "These conditions were something we were used to playing in and we should have certainly done better than we have. You tell me the best eleven and we will play that". That is why we have got such a big squad.

The incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa's second innings when Kohli continuously complained to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner.

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Another baffling decision was to drop pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar after a six-wicket haul in the first Test in Cape Town, he said.

Ngidi then struck a crucial blow to the visitors when he sent back the in-form Kohli a short while later.

But De Villiers was one of three wickets for the excellent Mohammed Shami (4-49) in the morning, followed by Elgar and Quinton de Kock (12). So now no one is talking about that. It's all about whoever goes out on the field and performs.

Arab News look at who had a good day and who had a day to forget on day five of the Centurion Test. I mean the loss obviously hurts but you make one decision and back it. But he did as much as he could and you cannot really blame him. No one in the change room thinks like that. I feel the difference is we don't rely on just one guy. We have not come here to just participate. India did not have match practice before this series and Test specialists also did not travel in advance.

Both of them looked bright and maintained a very healthy rate in the first hour of the day with boundaries coming their way easily at regular intervals. "I don't believe in that". We enjoyed the pitch because we had an equal chance of winning the game there. We had the best XI there.

"But it was not like we were outplayed". "When we did well in Australia, we got 450 runs every first innings but our partnerships were massive".

"Doesn't matter", said an irate Kohli. And at the end of yet another absorbing day of cricket, the home team could smell a Test, and series, victory with India ending Tuesday (January 16) on 35 for 3, having been set a target of 287. "He wants the best for his team as anyone else does". We didn't bowl as well last time (2013-14).

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