The team dismissed for 198 runs
India’s batting needs to be looked at, and the team cannot continue to have collapses in Test matches, skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday after the squad was defeated by South Africa by seven wickets at Newlands, resulting in a 1-2 series loss. In the second innings of the third Test, India’s top order and lower middle order failed to make meaningful contributions, as the team was dismissed for 198 runs.
After that, South Africa chased down a 212-run target, with Keegan Petersen scoring 82 runs.
“There is no avoiding the fact that the batting needs to be addressed. Having occasional collapses is not a good thing. In the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli observed, “That is something we need to analyse and address moving ahead.”
Batting says Virat Kohli
“It’s definitely batting; I can’t think of anything else,” Kohli remarked when asked whether facet of the team might be improved.
“Making sure we capitalise on momentum has been one of the hurdles we’ve faced when performing abroad.” We’ve won Tests away from home when we’ve done it. When we haven’t, we’ve had concentration lapses that have lost us the Test match. We have had a few collapses that have cost us important moments and eventually the Test matches,” he said.
A healthy test cricket says Virat Kohli
The competitiveness displayed by the two teams throughout the series, according to Kohli, was healthy for Test cricket. “The series as a whole was a tremendous spectacle for everyone to see; it was a hard-fought series. The first game was fantastic, but South Africa outperformed everyone. They won both Tests and were clinical with the ball in crucial times. We lost important moments due to a lapse in concentration, which they exploited; they were deserving winners in the end “he stated