India’s test captain Virat Kohli is simply delighted with his side’s dominating performance against the world’s best test side South Africa. The third test at Nagpur was simply annihilating for the visitors, as Kohli’s boys wrapped up the game on the third day itself. By the virtue of the win, the Indians have also won the test series.
Virat Kohli though, had a few stern words for the people criticizing the Nagpur pitch. Kohli said that a player must be willing to play in all conditions, be it swing, seam, bounce or spin. “It is not a policy to play on such pitches, it is the conditions that you get in India. Otherwise you will just play Test matches which will get you 500 runs in an innings. You don’t create bowlers like that, you don’t win Test matches like that. The key is to win Test matches,” said Kohli.
“I have said this before, wherever you go to play in the world, you’ve got to be prepared to face those conditions and tune your game accordingly. Today was a classic example of two guys applying themselves and showing that it can be done. I don’t know why is there so much hype created around the issue. “There are a lot of people writing a lot of things about the pitch. ‘It should not be like this’, or ‘it is turning too much’, people sitting somewhere else and speaking about the pitch in India. I think it is just a matter of mindset where people are just giving their opinions and they are free to do so. I don’t feel that way, we have never complained when we had challenging conditions and won’t complain in the future either,” Kohli added.
Kohli said that the Indian batting unit had performed better than their counterparts, thus they got to the favorable results. “I would not like to comment on what the opposition did not do,” he said. “Us as a batting unit, and I said this in Mohali as well, we haven’t applied ourselves properly. One or two batsmen have but I think to play well consistently you have to apply as a batsman so we are talking of four guys out of six. But that’s not what happened and it has been two-odd guys every innings and that does not get you to a big total.”
“Our batsmen did that in Mohali and Vijay got a decent start in the first innings in Nagpur. Pujara played well, in the second innings Shikhar got 40-odd, so everyone showed that runs can be scored. It was more a case of batsmen making mistakes rather than the ball doing some crazy things out in the middle. I think it was more of a mental thing which needed more application,” said Kohli.