IND vs SA: Virat Kohli questions team commitment, says mistakes unacceptable

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The hosts will head into the final day confident of picking up the seven wickets they need to wrap up an impressive victory in the three-match series, after a 72-run win in the first Test at Cape Town. Virat Kohli would utter that line at the end of his second back-and-forth with a reporter during the heated post series-loss press conference.

The wicket prepared for the second Test between India and South Africa at the SuperSport Park is a study in contrast to the pitches dished out over the years. I am not saying they don't, but we have repeated these mistakes in both matches.

"It's massive for us and I think it's massive for India, knowing he is not batting", South Africa's Dean Elgar said.

The scribe hit back, saying: "How many times have you changed the team?" We don't sit here and say if you will fail in one game, you are not good enough to beat this level.

Apart from Virat Kohli's 153 in the first innings of the Centurion Test, India's specialist batsmen haven't scored a single fifty in this series.

Kohli said, "Whoever is picked should be good enough to do the job for the team". The reason why we have such a big squad is that we believe in their abilities. We will ask the guys to be honest about what they were feeling at particular stages in the game."Unless you speak about it and lay it out in front of everyone, there is very little chance of improving".

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On being asked if he though he made the best use of his resources, he said, "When something does not work, obviously it's going to be spoken against".

"Everyone has done well in the past and that's why we have done well, it just has not been able to come well together here". I'm here to answer your questions, not to fight with you", he countered and said regarding this. India left out designated vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on the basis of form for each of the two Tests while Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the axe in Centurion to accommodate the horses for courses policy. To win Test matches you need consistency, and you have been lacking that part. We have come here to play. Teams have beaten us at home at times but these conditions (at Centurion) are something that we are used to playing at and we should have certainly done better than what have.

In the slowest cricket of the series, South Africa scored only 57 runs for the loss of two wickets in 27 overs and two-and-a-quarter hours between lunch and tea.

South Africa were all out for 258 in their second innings, thereby posing a target of 287 for India to win. Coming close to winning games in India. The game was completed in three days. one was a washout. "It was the same when we were playing Australia and we were 4-0 up".

Faf du Plessis, South Africa's captain, has been asking the groundsmen for pitches that will help his side "without being ridiculous". We thought the wicket was really flat. But he got people talking when he took two for 12 and four for 19 in his first two matches. Quite surprising. I told the guys the wicket looks different to what it looked before the toss. It's a motivating factor to keep me going.

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