Team India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul has admitted that they have a lot of work to do in the middle overs in both the batting and the bowling department. India’s middle-order stumbled for a second game in a row while the bowlers also flopped, failing to defend a target of 288. India batted first and put up 287 for 6 as Rishabh Pant top-scored with 85 while Rahul himself contributed 55.
South Africa’s coach Mark Boucher has asserted that he remains committed to his job even as it was confirmed on Thursday that he would be facing charges for gross misconduct with regards to racism allegations. Boucher was among a number of former Proteas cricketers against who racism allegations were levelled.
Team India captain KL Rahul has stated that they conceded 20 runs extra with the ball and did not put together enough partnerships in the 1st ODI against South Africa in Paarl. India were poor in the field, conceding a lot of free runs through misfields. When it was their turn to bat, they crumbled from 138 for 1 to 199 for 7. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored fifties but could not take India past the finish line.
A day after India lost the Test series to South Africa following a seven-wicket defeat in Cape Town, Virat Kohli quit as the team’s Test captain. The Test series against an inexperienced Proteas outfit was seen by many as India’s best chance to win a Test series in South Africa. However, while India won in Centurion, they went down in Johannesburg and failed to get their act right at Newlands as well.
India Test captain Virat Kohli refused to divulge anything about the future of struggling senior batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane following India’s 2-1 series loss to South Africa on Friday. Asked about what would happen to the two now that they have failed in another series, Kohli stated that it will be the selectors who will take the call.
Team India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey tried to downplay Indian players’ heated reaction to a DRS decision that went in favour of Dean Elgar on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. According to Mhambrey, players sometimes say things in the heat of the moment and there was nothing much to it.
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has praised captain Virat Kohli, stating that he always backs the bowlers and encourages them. Bumrah also added that Kohli’s presence brings a lot of energy to the side. The 28-year-old fast bowler was India’s star performer on Wednesday. He claimed 5 for 42 in South Africa’s first innings in the Cape Town Test. The Proteas were bowled out for 210 as India gained a slender 13-run lead
India batting coach Vikram Rathour has stated that, with a bit more luck, captain Virat Kohli could have converted his half-century on Day 1 of the Cape Town Test into a big innings. Rathour hailed Kohli for showing great discipline during his knock of 79 on Tuesday, which was the second slowest Test fifty of his career.
Team India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli, who has been struggling for big runs for over two years, has underplayed the criticism surrounding him, pointing out that he has made key contributions for the team in the same period. Kohli’s last Test hundred, as has been widely reported by now, came in November 2019. During the same period, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have also struggled for consistency, meaning India’s middle-order has been on thin ice.