Kohli blames batsmen for losing first test against South Africa


Indian captain Virat Kohli accepted the defeat against South Africa in the first test match at Newlands.

Debasis Sen, Cape Town: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday accepted the 72 runs defeat against South Africa in the first test in his stride. Kohli did not give any excuse neither did he blamed the wickets for his sides humiliating defeat chasing a meagre total of 208 runs.

According to the Indian captain, “The pitch was outstanding. I really like the type of wicket this was.”

The test match saw see-saw battle between both the sides with each one gaining an upper hand.

“It was great for Test cricket and we got a result within four days having lost a day. It was not one-sided … both sides were in it at different stages. As a team, we really enjoyed being part of this Test match and so did South Africa,” Kohli said in his post-match press conference.

Kohli acknowledged that his side’s batting had been costly.

“It was a wicket where things were happening every day and we let ourselves down with the bat,” he said.

“We wanted one big partnership to get the job done, which we failed to do.

“They (South Africa) force you to play good cricket in every over that you play against them, which I think is a good credit to their bowling attack. As batters we need to step up.”

Despite the conditions, India are backing their own seam attack to perform and based on the evidence of this Test match – South Africa were dismissed for 130 in their second innings – they have every reason.

True to the Indian word, Kohli was making no excuses after his side was bowled out for 135 on day four to lose by 72 runs.

The second Test gets underway on Saturday at Centurion.

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