Gritty runs make the difference for South Africa


You really have to wonder why a captain so openly bent on world domination would compare South Africa's one bad tour of India in 20 years with this tour and seek solace in losing less poorly. You beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and you then call them to India, for what?

"I have been traveling around with these boys for a while and even though the players are fantastic chaps, there is one official around, who, if he had his way wouldn't even like to consider me as human". But in an age where averaging 50 with the bat is the same as averaging the old benchmark of 40, everyone has a meltdown the moment they don't get a flawless wicket to boost their precious averages and numbers of five-fors taken. "Once you start scoring runs, you are there (with a chance of winning)". It will mostly be about "soft dismissals" and whether the players gave "120%" every ball they bowled, faced or fielded. I do not want to be now pulled up for wearing the team jersey when I am not a part of the team. I try to do my best and so does everyone else. "The previous game at Newlands (where South Africa won by 72 runs) was nearly on fast forward". Shami has that. Hardik Pandya has that too, but he doesn't have too much pace. That's the biggest positive that we are taking 20 wickets. "All three things have to come together well in tough situations to be able to win Test matches and series which we have failed", Kohli had analysed after the second Test.

The Indian team will resume its preparations for the final Test here from Saturday following a three-day break. When India went to England, they were the No 1 ranked team and I said they are not the best in the world.

Lack of preparation is being said the primary reason behind why ICC table toppers, India doomed in South Africa.

The quick pitches of Australia suit Kohli's style of playing.

Kohli dismissed suggestions that India were no longer worthy of their top ranking after the two defeats.

Never in the past did India come to this country with such bowling resources.

Only the Australian and English boards are serious about a full Test series.

Skipper Virat Kohli did protest over cramming the tours without any rationale and packing all formats in one huge package without any consideration for the players who play in all three formats. There got to be discussions with the wiser heads from time to time, come to conclusions and flesh out different arguments. The next ball produced another poke from de Kock; this time, it was close enough to Parthiv for him to take the catch.

In the post-mortem, we talk about the batting failures, shoddy catching and of course the team selections in both the Test. So, you have 6 regular batsmen and a keeper who can bat as well.