New Delhi: Amidst the controversy surrounding Team India’s tour of South Africa and captaincy, captain Virat Kohli has given a blunt answer to his critics. While addressing the media for the first time during this Test series, Kohli said – This is not the first time that questions are being raised about my batting. Earlier in 2014, the same thing happened during the tour of England. But I know that I have been a part of important moments for the team. I believe that I do not need to prove anything to anyone. It doesn’t matter to me what people outside are saying. I am fit and will play the third Test.
In a conversation with reporters, Kohli also said that he has held talks with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant during the practice session ahead of the third Test starting at the Newlands Cricket Ground from Tuesday. Kohli said that Pant is such a player who understands his mistakes and will improve them in future.
In the second innings of the second Test in Johannesburg, Pant was dismissed for zero by a poor shot off Kagiso Rabada, which drew considerable criticism.
Kohli said on Monday, “We have talked to Pant about his shot in the practice session. At the same time, the batsmen know what kind of shot he got out after playing. As a player, everyone accepts that responsibility. Have to do it. I think progress will start from there. We have made mistakes in critical situations in our careers.”
Kohli said, “We got out due to pressure or the skill of the bowler. It is important to understand what was the mindset and decision of the player at that time and where did that player make mistakes. Once we find our mistake , then we can understand not to repeat it again.”
Kohli also recalled the advice given by former India captain MS Dhoni on mistakes in international cricket.
He said, “MS Dhoni gave me very good advice in the beginning. He once told me that there should be a gap of at least 7-8 months between repeating one mistake after the other. That’s when you will have a long career in international cricket. There could be a career and I want some similar improvement in Pant as well. I know Pant will correct his mistakes quickly.”
Mohammad Siraj will be unavailable due to injury in the decider in Cape Town. Talking about his availability for the third Test, Kohli declared himself fit. “Yes, I am absolutely fit. Siraj is still recovering from his injury in the last match. Currently, I don’t think he will be able to play in the third Test,” the captain said.
With Siraj unavailable, Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav may be included in the playing XI.
It is worth noting that the last and deciding match of the series between India and South Africa will be played in Cape Town tomorrow. Whichever team wins this match will win the series. While India won the first test match, Africa came back and won the second test. India has not won any Test series in South Africa till date. Such Virat’s army has a chance to create history on South African soil by winning the third Test.
Talking about the record, the Indian cricket team has played 5 Test matches in Cape Town so far, in which it has not got a single win. Team India has drawn Tests at Newlands ground, while in three it has to face defeat. The Indian team played their last Test at this ground in 2018 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, in which they lost by 72 runs.
Where will this match be played?
The final test match between India and South Africa will start from January 11. The match will be played at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.
match start time
The match between India and South Africa will start at 2:00 PM. The toss will happen half an hour before the start of the match i.e. at 1:30.
Where to watch live matches?
You can watch this match between India and South Africa in different languages on the channels of Star Sports Network.
first published:Jan. 10, 2022, 9:01 p.m.