Indian captain Virat Kohli was simply ecstatic after winning the first test against South Africa in Mohali. Kohli, in his very first test as captain at home got the desired result. Like any elated skipper, Kohli lavished praises on his side and said that the team performed exceptionally well against a quality opposition. Even though Kohli might not have fired with the bat, his captaincy and tactical changes were spot on, giving India the edge.
Speaking in the post match presentation, Kohli looked jubilant and said, “First Test as captain at home was a special occasion for me, it is a young team, building a strong team together. Seeing the way things have gone in the past month and half, the way we played here, a lot of credit has to go to the team,” said Kohli.
The Indian skipper also spoke about the nature of the wicket and said that the pitch wasn’t as dangerous as it looked. We thought if we are finding it difficult on this wicket, it is going to be difficult for them. As Hashim said, there were soft dismissals, I don’t think there were any demons in the wicket, the ball did not turn square at any stage, batsmen had to apply themselves, it was a bowler’s game.”
Kohli also praised M. Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara for batting excellently in the second innings. You need mental strength at this level. (Vijay and Pujara) are two of the most solid guys we have. Had we applied more, we could have given them a bigger target.”
He also was pleased by the sensational performance of Ravindra Jadeja on his comeback. “I am happy for him (Jadeja), he went back, got lot of wickets in Ranji Trophy, scored runs as well, he is feeling good mentally now, people with all-round ability are hard to find, it is just a matter of him keeping his mental strength, and he can be an asset for India in the future.”