After main 1-0, India went on to lose the following two matches in Johannesburg and Cape Town to squander an opportunity of profitable their first-ever Test series in South Africa.
“The batting has let us down. No running away from that. I can’t sit here and talk about what will happen in the future. It’s not my job. That’s for the selectors. We continue to back Cheteshwar and Rahane. For a team so driven and eager to win everywhere in the world, and having done so, it is very difficult to accept this loss. We are bitterly disappointed,” stated Kohli within the submit-match press convention.
Kohli additional stated the batting, together with the decrease-order, did not stand as much as the event as a collective unit. After making 327 within the first innings at Centurion, India made scores of 174, 202, 266, 223 and 198 in the remainder of the series. “When we say batting, we mean numbers eight and ten too. It is a collective responsibility. Everyone knows it (lower order didn’t contribute). We lost too many wickets in clusters, which is why we lost this series.”
Talking about what transpired across the Dean Elgar lbw controversy, Kohli refused to enter particulars. “I have no comment to make on it (stump pic chatter from day three). I’m not interested in making a controversy out of it. It happened; we have moved on. The reality is that we did not apply enough pressure on them consistently.”