3 reasons why India lost the series 2-1 against South Africa

3 reasons why India lost the series 2-1 against South Africa
After defeating Australia in Australia and then taking a 2-1 lead against England, Team India's convoy led by Virat Kohli reached South Africa. On the African tour, under the head coaching of Rahul Dravid, Team India was to play a series of 3 Test matches. Team India was in full form and their fast bowling attack is also the best at present. In such a situation, it seemed that the Indian team would easily defeat South Africa in the series. Because if you look at the South African team, you will find that it is one of the weakest African teams ever on paper. Team India blew smoke at the very beginning of the Test series and created history in the first Centurion Test match, registering a spectacular victory by 113 runs. although, After that, Team India suffered a crushing defeat on the grounds of Johannesburg and Cape Town and the Indian team lost the series 2-1. The biggest 3 reasons for Team India's defeat against South Africa were-
1- Poor form of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara: If any team has to win on the overseas tour, then it is most important for them to score runs from the middle-order batsmen. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been out of form for a long time. Barring a few innings in the Test series against South Africa, both these batsmen have disappointed the team on most occasions. In such a situation, the biggest reason for this defeat for Team India was the poor form of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.
2- Taking the field with only 6 batsmen: Team India was already struggling in the form of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. In such a situation, landing on the field with 6 batsmen has become a reason for the defeat of Team India. R Ashwin has not been able to do much on African pitches. In such a situation, if Team India had made the batting a little stronger by including Hanuma Vihari or Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI, then the results could have been different.
3- Virat Kohli Injury: In the Centurion Test match, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Team India created history by registering a spectacular victory by 113 runs. But, in the second test match, Virat Kohli could not play due to injury, due to which there was a moment of break. Virat Kohli came in the third test match and scored runs with the bat but, if he had played the second test also, then the chances of India winning this series would have increased.

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'Virat Kohli could have captained Test cricket for so many years now, there was no pressure from BCCI'

'Virat Kohli could have captained Test cricket for so many years now, there was no pressure from BCCI'

 There is no doubt that if Virat Kohli wanted, he could have captained the Indian Test team for some time, but perhaps worried about his batting, Kohli decided to leave the captaincy. Now Virat Kohli will be able to perform better for the Indian team as a batsman without any pressure. Remind you that former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar also left the captaincy of the Indian team in the year 2000 because it affected his batting and then he continued to play for India for 13 years. 

After Virat Kohli stepped down as Test captain, BCCI and its officials wished him all the best for his future ahead and appreciated what he has done for the country as a captain. At the same time, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said that there was no pressure on Virat Kohli to leave the captaincy of the Test team. He said that he could have captained the Indian Test team for two-three years now. Dhumal was quoted by News18 as saying that there was no pressure on Virat Kohli to step down from the captaincy either from the BCCI side or the selectors. It is completely his decision which we respect, but if he wanted, he could have taken the team further as Test captain for two-three years. 

Let us tell you that after the defeat in the Test series against South Africa, Virat Kohli had announced to step down as the captain of the Test team through social media on Saturday. In his post, he thanked the BCCI and said that he would be grateful for the opportunity he got to lead the country. At the same time, he also thanked former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri and in the last expressed his gratitude to MS Dhoni, saying that Mahi had reposed faith in his captaincy. 

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