Indian captain Virat Kohli who was the only man to put up a show with the bat for India has come down hard on soft dismissals after a humiliating defeat against South Africa to lose the 2nd test match and also the series.
Kohli scored 153 runs in India’s first innings and that kept India well in the game but in the end none of the batsman could contribute in the 2nd innings just like the first innings. Most of the batsman had soft dismissals and Kohli had every right to talk about it in the press conference.
He said: “You can accept defeat but not the way we played, the way we let the advantage slip out of our hand, that is not acceptable from a team’s point of view. So many soft dismissals in one match hurt a lot. Because you work so hard, you prepare for a match, you get into good situations, shift the game towards you, and then the momentum shifts because of these mistakes. That feels very bad as a team,”
“Individuals have to sit and reflect on these things themselves. They do it, I am not saying they don’t reflect on it, but we have repeated these mistakes in both matches. There have been many soft dismissals, which as a team, are not acceptable.”
Kohli added: “Look when something doesn’t work, obviously it’s going to be spoken against. We are pretty used to that. We as a team don’t think of what the opinion going around is, and I’ve clarified that before also. There are many people that are involved in making a decision for the playing XI. A lot was spoken about Bhuvi as well but Shami performed in this game. And then we don’t sit back and think ‘Oh we could have done that or we should have done that’. You make one decision and you back it. It’s always that scenario.”