It’s an end to a long stretch of undefeated series for India. Had the team won some more series, it would have created another record breaking milestone. It is South Africa standing as the ultimate roadblock to the team’s feat. After losing the decisive second Test at Centurion, India captain Virat Kohli, well known for his aggression losses his cool at the interview. In the match, the skipper was also slapped with a fine for confronting with the match referee at the end of third day.
All was not well even for South Africa, the winner. The team had to face a fine for slow over rate. Apparently, the home team bowled two overs less in the final day. Still, that couple of overs would not have mattered for the team, as India was quite far away from the target, while losing the match by 135 runs.
It is customary for a losing captain to face all the odds. Kohli faced the same at the after-match interview. There were questions if the playing XI was the best selection on part of the skipper. The speculation was Kohli might have not selected the best XI. Kohli’s answer was abrupt saying the XI is not decided according to results. He argued that no one questioned the team when it lost in India. Per the skipper, “whoever plays should be good enough”, “and do the job for the team.” He explained, this is the reason, India’s “got such a big squad.”
On being asked if the India captain believed his side is still the best, Kohli responded that believing is necessary to win the series. He said, the team was not in South Africa just to participate. Kohli added that there is no complaining about Centurion pitch or the conditions either. The captain believed that both the teams had equal opportunities to win.
Meanwhile Faf du Plessis, the winning side’s captain, said, South Africa’s win rate away from home is the best in world. About the defeat in India last season, the captain complained about facing conditions that “were touching on extreme.” Seems after the recent defeat of India at South Africa, the host captain feels the solace of a competitive reply.