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153 means nothing right now… we lost the match, series: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 153 in the first innings but the skipper said it meant nothing because the team lost the match and the series.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 17, 2018 5:04 pm
Virat Kohli India national cricket team Virat Kohli had scores of 153 and 5 in his two outings with the bat in the second Test. (Source: AP)

Twice in the series, India were chasing a target and had their chance to register a win. Twice in the series, the batting unit let the team down and they staged a meek surrender. Set a 287-run target in the second Test in Centurion, India failed to put up a fight and were bundled out for just 151. Apart from Rohit Sharma, who top scored with 47, all batsmen struggled. At the post-match presser, Virat Kohli said the team should have capitalised in the first innings where South Africa lost wickets in quick succession.

“Yeah (the wicket gave us our best chance). We thought the wicket was really flat. Quite surprising. I told the guys the wicket looks different to what it looked before toss. I thought it was our chance to put some runs on the board. Especially after SA lost wickets in the first innings, we should have capitalised,” said Kohli.

India bowled out South Africa for 335 in the first innings but it was batting which let the team down again in the series. Except Virat Kohli, no batsman stayed out for long and the team failed to stitch partnerships.

“We failed to get a good partnership and take the lead. We have let ourselves down from the first game into the second. The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down again and that’s why we stand here,” said Kohli.

Kohli scored a brilliant 153 in the first innings but the skipper said it meant nothing because the team lost the match and the series.

“I want to leave everything on the field, for my country, for my team. That’s the way I play. 150 (153) means nothing right now that we have lost the series. If we had won, even a 50 or a 30 would have mattered more to me. Having not won the game, personal milestones don’t matter to me. As a team, you want to win collectively. We tried but we weren’t good enough. South Africa were better than us, especially in the fielding department, and that’s why they are the winners. And they deserve to be,” said Kohli.

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  1. Tanvir Khan
    Jan 17, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    I think the main problem is the mindset of our so called TOP Batsman in the world as per all the ranking and media hype. I would not like to comment on team selection because all are international players and they should learn how to perform in all conditions and according to situations. In the second innings, India could have started with Rohit and Rahul to start the inning since we were chasing a decent total of 287 something. Rohit is an opening batsman and since we knew the target Rohit would have batted perfectly followed by Vijay, Pujara and Kohli. But I can just suggest that. Lets see how we play in Third Test. There should be no changes as series is already lost so keep the same keep and try to win or give a good fight. Making changes in each match does not help any team specially disturbing the opening batsman after every match is not a sign of good team
    1. Tanneeru Digamber Kalidas
      Jan 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm
      In both the tests our batting and fielding lapses and their dominance especially in fielding, running catches and systematic bowling with lot of discipline have resulted in our loss to the Proteas. We looked like tigers on paper while the Proteas looked like Real Lions of African Safari.
      1. jawahar S
        Jan 17, 2018 at 6:02 pm
        Our Cricketers will score if you provide a batting pitch to make records and get hailed as world champs! world record ! where the game is established to just 5-6 countries and played in hardly 15-16 countries. What world record among 6 countries !!! When facing (2-3) established countries, their legs stumble !!! no boasting and no records !!! Time to put shutters (not due to losing) on cricket and money directed for development of other energy packed games like hockey / soccer / volley / basket. Lazy sleeping game of 5 day test, 1day games. Never can be called as a game !!! Crazy Indians are looted by these LAZY MONEY LORDS who reign as KINGS with all luxury.
        1. Kiran Kumar
          Jan 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm
          '25 saal ka badla' was the war cry from the Indian Cricketers when they left for South Africa. '25 saal mai kuch nahi badla' is the slogan with which they will return back !!
          1. Sudha Chaturvedi
            Jan 17, 2018 at 5:14 pm
            I did not see the beginning of the second inning for India but what I saw in last our of the match was that both Sharma and Shami were playing some reckless shots, which was absolutely not needed. Since the winning was not in the card considering the time and the run needed, at least these two batsman should have played to draw the match as they looked pretty comfortable handling SA attack. They should get their acts together and try winning thirst test match. Good luck
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