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Debutant Ngidi's 6 for 39 seals series for South Africa

18 January, 2018, 14:21 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Lungi Ngidi

The Proteas have defeated India by 135 runs in the second Test of the three-match series at Supersport Park in Centurion. Virat Kohli has said what has always been in the Indian team management's mind and that is about the thumbs-up to the Cape Town pitch even after the Test there ended in three days and why all hell breaks loose in the case of similar length games in India?

But, for a couple of journalists gathered at the post-match press conference on Wednesday, that was not good enough.

"You're telling me we could have played the best XI", Kohli shot back when asked about the team selection.

"I'm saying that we don't decide XI according to the results".

"He (Kohli) is a very competitive, feisty guy and I think it comes out in his cricket".

He added, "One ball has got your name on it here and you have to be quite cautious because of the unknown". The first Test was bowling-friendly conditions where both teams bowled well, but in this Test on a wicket that is not supposed to suit seam bowling a lot, the areas that our bowlers hit…I suppose we've got more pace which helps. You can't pinpoint and say which the best 11 is.

"South Africa collectively were a much better team than us regardless of pitches we played on".

"Look when something doesn't work, obviously it's going to be spoken against". Obviously, the selectors will come into the conversation as well when we are looking at planning for future tours also because we have a lot of cricket away from home. At the moment, India's scored runs for the loss of and.

Kohli was on five runs when he was given out for lbw after a peach of a delivery from Ngidi‚ who also accounted for the wicket of KL Rahul‚ after Kagiso Rabada had accounted for Vijay.

Meanwhile, Kohli became the second Indian player to receive one or more demerit points since the introduction of the system in September 2016.

"We should try to fight it out".

"Partnerships of 60s and 70s are not good enough to win Test matches", Kohli said.

Kohli said it was not acceptable for a team to repeatedly fall prey to such soft modes of dismissals.

In general, the war of words both on and off the field has been mild in this Test series between South Africa and India.

The debutant - Lungi Ngidi made things look simple with his six-for against the top ranked Test side. It's a revenge of sorts for Faf du Plessis and his men, who had been blanked 3-0 when they toured India in late 2015. "It was the same when we were playing Australia and we were 4-0 up".

Surprise team selection: While Parthiv Patel coming in for Wriddhiman Saha was due to injury, the axing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the non-selection of Ajinkya Rahane despite Rohit Sharma not having a good game was surprising. The last time we went to India we didn't play as well, but I do feel the conditions were touching on extreme. In the 19th ball of the morning, Cheteshwar Pujara (19) was run out for the second time in the match.

"I can't speak on behalf of selectors as to what they are thinking. In the past I didn t know what I was doing to be honest but now I have found my feet, the right path that I am going down and the right formula for me as a cricketer".

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