Virat Kohli credits belief for third Test turnaround
JOHANNESBURG: Indian skipper Virat Kohli says his team never lost faith in itself despite the criticism that came with consecutive Test losses to South Africa, crediting this belief for the turnaround that ave the visitors a consolation win ere. “We don’t think like people on the outside. When things don’t go well, weas a team don’t say ‘oh we should have done this or “we should have done that’. That’s the easiest thing to do. I can say or write anything about anyone,” Kohli said after the 63-run win here after two heavy losses in the first two Tests. “But when you’re in there, facing their bowling attack on that sort of a wicket, and then when you decide to bat first, you need to be sure. You need to have belief in yourself.” So, we certainly back ourselves as a team and that’s something we have done throughout this tour. Yes, we were disappointed things did not come together in the first two games but we are really proud of this effort,” he added. Kohli and Co. had received a lot of flak after losing the opening two Tests.” A lot of people didn’t have beliefinus but as a team we knew that we were very close in the first two Tests too. We knew that if we played better in pressure-situations than them, then we would win,” he said. “And we did that in this Test match. This win was very important from our and the Indian team’s point of view, and we were determined to win this match,” he added. Kohli on Sunday termed the win in the third Test as a massive milestone for his team and said it could help the side win more matches in alien conditions in the upcoming series. India maintained their unbeaten record at the Wanderers, dismissing South Africa for 177 to pull one back in the three-Test series. “It could be a massive milestone forus. We already had the belief but now we have the result to back it up. We certainly believe that on any conditions, we have the ability to think about winning Tests,” he said. “Yes, we will lose some but we will end up winning a lot as well. This day will be remembered for a long time as a team. I believe that and the whole team believes that. The mood in the change room is amazing right now and the guys are looking forward to repeating this much more in conditions that are not ours.” On a green top wicket, India played only five full-time batsmen and a five-pronged pace attack. Then they opted to bat first after winning the toss and yet manage to etch out a win. “The decision to play all five seamers was purely because of the fact that someone like Hardik (Pandya) can do the job of the fifth bowler here and to play four seamers here is something that really worked in our favour,” Kohli explained. “It’s just that we batted better than them in this game and bowled better. That’s why we won.” Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla put on 119 runs for the second wicket and South Africa were placed at 124/1 at one stage. The Proteas though collapsed afterwards and succumbed to the pressure of the fourth-innings’ chase.
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