Virat Kohli commends the bowlers as India end the Test series on a high

Virat Kohli commends the bowlers as India end the Test series on a high

The Indian skipper said that the bowlers were the biggest positives coming out of the three-match Test series against South Africa despite India losing out to the home team 2-1.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on Saturday, commended the performance of his bowlers as they triggered the South African collapse on Day 4 of the Third Test at Johannesburg. Further, the Indian skipper said that the bowlers were the biggest positives coming out of the three-match Test series against South Africa despite India losing out to the home team 2-1.

India had already conceded the series losing out two matches, before the commencement of the third Test at Johannesburg. Kohli lauded the Indian team for showing character and guts to pull off a dramatic win in the third Test with the pitch seeming hazardous at times. “The bowlers were the biggest positive; we haven’t done 60 wickets in the past. We want to correct certain mistakes. That lower-order showed character.” said Virat Kohli after the victory in the third Test.

A tough pitch to bat on for the batters:

For the batsmen, the pitch at Johannesburg was one of the toughest ones to bat at, needing proper application and technique from the top order. In the first innings, it was the skipper himself who led by example before he repeated his heroics in the second innings of the Test. Alongside Kohli, it was the vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane who counter-attacked in a situation where India looked tied all ends-up.

“We required some character on a pitch that was very difficult but our guys showed great guts. Batting first didn’t go down well with a lot of people. Hats off to the team for showing character after the series was gone,” he added.

Amla’s wicket turned the game India’s way:

It seemed like South Africa were cruising at a moment when Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar itched a partnership before the former was dismissed by a snorter of a delivery.

“It’s a funny game. You think of many ways to get a batsman out. Amla and Elgar played well. In pressure situations, when wickets go down in Test cricket, it’s very difficult to come back,” he concluded.

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