Eight players were out for two in the second innings of the Cape Town Test
India skipper Virat Kohli has slammed the batting line-up after losing the series against South Africa. India started the series with a historic victory at Centurion and lost the next two matches. Kohli and his team left the field after failing to achieve their goal of winning the Test series on South African soil.
“There were multiple chances in the series where the batting line-up collapsed. It was a setback. Of course, batting is the downside. Nothing else to point out. Everyone is talking about the benefit the South African bowlers got from the pitch. The South African bowlers were able to apply pressure that could lead to mistakes. Is to understand the situation and play. The batting line-up needs to be checked. Can’t run away from it. It’s not always good to have a breakdown, ”said Kohli.
India were all set to score over 300 in the first innings of the Centurion Test. The Batters came up with the opportunity. But in Johannesburg things changed. He was out for 202 in the first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane put on 266 for the second wicket in the second innings. None of the other batsmen excelled.
But the decisive third Test in Cape Town saw the Indian batting collapse. Kohli’s 79 in the first innings and Rishabh’s century in the second innings were the only contributors. Eight players were out for two in the second innings. Kohli’s won the Test series twice on home soil against Australia and lost 2-1 to England in South Africa.
“It simply came to our notice then. Everyone knows how far we have come as a team. That is why everyone believes that South Africa will be conquered in their country. But it could not. We have to understand that and come back better, ”Kohli added.
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