Captaincy is one vocation which involves high risks and high rewards. It will be followed by six one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals. Kohli would never cease to mention that the players were told to come out with plans on how they would face the challenges here, but would it not have been desirable on the part of the seniors and the coaching staff to tell them how to do it? At the same time, if he fails to lead the team to the desired result, he is also held accountable for the team's failure. He could have had Virat Kohli as his maiden Test wicket, but Decision Review System (DRS) detected an inside edge and Kohli went on to construct a fine ton.
To this Kohli retorted: "How many Test matches have we won out of 34?" before going on to give a break down of win-loss record.
"Virat's knock in the first innings was very, very good". Even on the fourth morning, three wickets had somehow fallen.
In the first two tests in South Africa, every Kohli growl or glare directed at an underperforming teammate only appeared to inspire more mistakes, and more insecurity. But after that, he could have been certainly given a go.
The Indian skipper said his side had been in the game at both Newlands and Centurion and that they could have won on both occasions, unlike the Proteas when they were completely outplayed when touring India in 2015.
"I'm here to answer your questions, not to fight with you".
"After losing 8-0 in 2011-12, and now in this (2013-14) overseas cycle, losing 1-0 in South Africa, 1-0 in New Zealand and now 3-1 here, do you think you have done enough as Indian Test skipper?" To everyone's surprise, Virat opened the bowling with Ishant and Bumrah. With AB de Villiers and Ngidi chasing after a ball, Pujara overestimated his speed and was caught short.
Although Shami often blows hot and cold, he causes the ball to seam off the surface at pace. In this series there have been times when it has looked tough, but there have been guys scoring runs and guys taking wickets, so there is always that battle between bat and ball.
He wants better oversight from Cricket South Africa.
Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world, a fizzy character on the field and has an appetite for runscoring that would put a famished toddler to shame. Your guess is as good as mine!
India were defeated by 72 runs by the hosts in the first Test in Cape Town. "It is credit to the Indian bowlers", he added. You beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and you then call them to India, for what? He remarked that this is the ideal scenario for the team to see how good are the players who have been out of action from the first two Tests.
Debutant Ngidi then picked up two wickets in quick succession; first Hardik Pandya played a awful shot, reaching for a wide ball, that he edged with De Kock taken a good one-handed catch and then Ravi Ashwin was caught behind for just three.