India started the Test series with a thumping win at Centurion, but South Africa came back strongly in Johannesburg and Cape Town to win the series 2-1.
Virat Kohli cited the team’s batting and distraction as the main reason for the defeat. (Photo: AFP)
Team India even after four years in South Africa (Team India) The picture and luck could not change. The Indian team, which lost the Test series 1-2 in 2018, is returning to the country in 2021-22 with the same condition. The Indian team, which started off with a thumping win at Centurion, lost the next two Tests and the chance to win the series again slipped out of hand. Cape Town Test (Cape Town Test) On the fourth day, South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets and won the third match and series. Captain Virat Kohli about why Team India, which is considered to be a contender for series victory, happened like this (Virat Kohli) He spoke openly and admitted that the team’s batting completely disappointed, while on some occasions the team’s attention was also lost, which also had an effect on the performance.
India had scored only 223 runs in the first innings of the Cape Town Test, while in the second innings the team could score only 198 runs, out of which 100 runs were from Rishabh Pant alone, while 28 runs came as extras. In this way, India gave the target of only 212 runs to South Africa, which was easily achieved by the African team. The Indian team could not cross the 300-plus mark only once in this entire series, while not more than 250 runs were scored even once. Obviously, in such a situation, the responsibility of defeat has to be put on the team’s batting and captain Kohli clearly considered it as an important reason.
South Africa made a great comeback
After the defeat of Team India, Captain Virat Kohli talked about the mistakes of Team India in the presentation ceremony. Kohli said, “It was a great sight for Test cricket. Very tough competition was shown in this series. The first match was very good, but South Africa played brilliantly in the second test and took it forward and registered a win here. He proved to be much better at crucial times.”
️ “Absolutely deserving winners at the end.”
Virat Kohli reacts as India lose the series 2-1 to South Africa… pic.twitter.com/yFQbAWYraT
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) January 14, 2022
The reason for the loss of frequent batting collapsing
Captain Kohli considered the team’s batting as the main reason for the defeat and said, “We have stumbled many times (in batting) and because of this we have lost important opportunities and also lost Test matches. Our batting is directly responsible. Can’t point fingers at any other aspect. South Africa’s bowling was good and they also got the advantage of tall stature. Our bowlers also bowled well, but the South Africans managed to build pressure for a longer period of time.
Only Rahul scored more than 200 runs
In this series for India, KL Rahul scored the highest 226 runs. Apart from Rahul, none of the other batsmen could score more than 200 runs. On the other hand, Keegan Pietersen, captain Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma scored more than 200 runs for South Africa in this series and it proved to be a big difference between defeat and victory.
Distractions on important occasions also cause
The Indian captain also admitted that the team’s attention was also lost on important occasions, due to which the Test slipped from India’s hands. Kohli said, “Our attention was also lost in crucial moments, due to which they got out of our hands. South Africa took advantage of them. He deserved this win.”