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Virat Kohli loses his cool during post-match presser, watch video

Virat Kohli lost his cool when a journalist questioned about his tendency to constantly change the playing XI.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 17, 2018 8:18 pm
Virat Kohli lost his cool on a South African journalist. (Source: Youtube)

Virat Kohli cut a frustrated figure after India’s loss to South Africa in the second Test in Centurion. With that loss, India also conceded an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series to the Proteas. It is Kohli’s first Test series loss since taking over as full-time captain of India from MS Dhoni.

Kohli is a passionate personalty and thus, it would have been surprising if there weren’t any fireworks in the post-match press conference. The pyrotechnics were seen in Kohli’s interaction with a South African journalist who questioned the skipper about the team changing their XI for every Test.

Journalist: You talking about the team not coming together well, maybe has that been because of the changing of the selection? In all the Tests that you have been captain you have changed your line up in almost each Test. And I think you would know that to win Test matches you also need a little bit of consistency or a lot of consistency and you guys have been lacking that part. What would you put that down to and how would you basically say that you guys will continue changing your team and expect a different result?

Kohli: How many Test matches have we won out of 30? How many have we won? How many have we won? 21 wins, two losses, how many draws?

Journalist: How many in India?

Kohli: Doesn’t matter, wherever we are try to do our best. I’m here to answer your questions not to fight with you.

Kohli then went back to the journalist while he seemed to be answering another question. “Answering your question sir how many times did South Africa come close to winning games in India. Can you count?” he said.

Virat Kohli, since taking over as Test captain in 2014, has never gone to a new Test without at least one change from the previous one. In the two Test matches in South Africa, his decision to drop Ajinkya Rahane for Rohit Sharma raised a few eyebrows. Kohli maintained that Sharma had been selected on the basis of his “current form” which means that it was based on his performance against Sri Lanka at home.

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  1. D
    Jan 18, 2018 at 11:44 am
    Dear Virat You are our best player and best Captain. The Reporters should not ask such questions. The Team Management should first screen such reporters and then let them ask questions. You will surely win the next match and I would recommend some minor changes to the team if you think in order of Batting:- 1. Murali Vijay 2. KL Rahul 3. Dinesh Karthik 4. Cheteshwar Pujara 5. Virat Kohli 6. Ajinka Rahane 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ravichandra Ashwin 9. Mohammad Shami 10. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 11. Umesh Yadav In this way we will have 5 best bowlers 6 best batsmen. You are a great batsman and we would like you to come in middle after top 4 batsman. Thanks Deepak
    1. Tamrakshar
      Jan 17, 2018 at 11:39 pm
      In other words, Kohli is saying that it's not easy to pick the best playing XI. They have experimented with a good intention, but it has not worked. However, I don't agree on many decisions of the think tank. First, when Saha was doing a great job behind the wickets, it was not proper to drop him on the pretext of batting failure on a hostile pitch, where almost every other batsman failed. Secondly, Bhubaneswar Kumar is undoubtedly the best Indian bowler at the moment, and he got success in the first match. Then why drop him? If you were to pick Ishant Sharma, you could have dropped Bumrah. Thirdly, Rahane has a very good technique, which is essential to succeed overseas. Why is he repeatedly ignored? Fourthly,  and very importantly, you cannot win in South Africa with the sub-continent mindset. I was amazed to see India opening bowling with Ashwin in the second innings. Kohli has to trust his first bowlers to win in South Africa. He denied Shami a 5-wicket haul by taking him out and
      1. Mahboob Saeedi
        Jan 17, 2018 at 9:51 pm
        It is a mistake if you wish to win all the time, then do not play, be a good loser, but do not be a dictionary of foul language ,now get the training HOW TO REMAIN COOL WHEN WE LOOSE .
        1. Ramchandran Pudukode
          Jan 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm
          Khelne pe dyan details, moorkh. Garam hone se jeethne wala nahi hai.
          1. Sideon Sid
            Jan 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm
            😄 Hahahaha . Indian flat-track pu$$ie$ are getting frustrated . We can never play real MEN's cricket in SA ,Aus or Eng , i.e. wherever the ball bounces higher than the knee. Our flat track pu$$ie$ should stay at home and score double 100's against Bangladesh , Sri Lanka , west Indies , NZ and Zim on our doctored flat mud tracks.
            1. kabir mahajan
              Jan 18, 2018 at 2:36 am
              Yeah, just like of SA, Aus England got their asses whipped on sub continental conditions! Why don't these teams continue to win and play on home turf as well? Guess the Aussies, South Africans, Aussies and English cant even play on flat tracks which are supposedly easy to bat on!
              1. harsh kumarf
                Jan 18, 2018 at 11:35 am
                kabir mahajan that's so true ,,, every team is getting shattered in the foreign soil ,,, even south africa had to face defeat in england ,,, england getting beaten in australia ,,, australia getting betan in sub continent ,,, so its not a surprise
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