Whose head did Virat Kohli blame for the defeat?, Rahane-Pujara decided to cut the leaf

Whose head did Virat Kohli blame for the defeat?, Rahane-Pujara decided to cut the leaf
Host South Africa has won the Test series against Team India by 2-1. In this series, the Indian team had a golden opportunity to win the series in South Africa for the first time but, it could not happen. After this defeat to the team, captain Virat Kohli has blamed the defeat on the batsmen during the post match presentation. Virat says that now nothing will happen by making excuses, our batting has been bad and we have to work on it. From Virat's words, it seems that Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are almost certain to be cut from the Test team.
Virat Kohli said, 'We played well in the first match but South Africa came back in the second match and kept the momentum in the third as well. There was some loss of concentration on our part even in critical moments. I thought South Africa did better in those crucial moments and they absolutely deserved the win. One of the challenges we have faced on foreign tours is to capitalize on those opportunities when the momentum is on our side. Whenever we have done this, we have won matches.
Virat Kohli further said, '30-45 minutes of bad cricket and we lost the match. The opposition bowlers bowled well in this series but generally our performances were not consistent. We had a lot of collaps in batting. Of course, poor batting has been the reason behind our loss, no doubt about it. Their bowlers were better in terms of creating pressure. Batting is one area we have to work on, no excuse will do. It is definitely disappointing.'

Virat Kohli said, 'We did well in Australia and England but it does not guarantee us success in South Africa. The reality is that we don't live here in South Africa and we have to deal with it. KL's batting as an opener. Mayank's innings, Rishabh's innings, these are some positive things that we can keep with us.
Let us tell you that 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 been flop on most of the occasions. In such a situation, the selectors can bet on young players in the upcoming Test series keeping the future in mind. In such a situation, there is a high possibility that both Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara will be dropped from the Test team.

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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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