Virat Kohli was caught up in another stump pickup controversy as India lost the decisive final test to South Africa by seven wickets and the series 2-1.
India’s captain Kohli and two teammates were previously heard complaining over the microphone about the strain after South African skipper Dean Elgar survived an exam.
The latest briefing saw Kohli home drummer Rassie van der Dussen after surviving a close call.
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Kohli discussed the decision with the referee before going to work on van der Dussen as the stump mic caught the exchange.
” Truly ? So you’re chasing someone who’s five years younger than you? Yeah ? And then you ask me if you hang Rishabh (Pant)? Kohli was recorded saying.
The remark was sparked by a confrontation between van der Dussen and India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in the second Test.
Van der Dussen was caught by Pant but replays cast doubt as to whether the ball had carried.
In India’s opening rounds, van der Dussen then sledged Pant, prompting the 24-year-old to tell van der Dussen to “keep your mouth shut”.
The loss robbed India of their first Test series win in South Africa and was an unexpected result given the strength of their squad and the hosts’ relative inexperience.
“The fact that people expect us to beat South Africa in South Africa is a testament to how far we’ve come,” Kohli said.
“We didn’t, that’s the reality. Accept it and come back as the best cricketers. You have to give the opposition credit where it’s due.”
India was a convincing first Test winner at Centurion by 113 runs and that seemed like a prediction for the series to come.
But the Proteas equalized in Johannesburg with a daring fourth-inning chase and did the same when they chased 212 in the decider in Cape Town.
South Africa headed home comfortably and finished 3-212 shortly after lunch on day four.
Temba Bavuma won it with a square leg four, then pumped his fists and let out a roar.
He was 32 steps out to see his team return alongside van der Dussen on 41 steps out.
The South African players in the locker room exuberantly celebrated their biggest victory under captain Elgar, appointed last year, and coach Mark Boucher.
“I issued the challenge after the first game and the guys responded brilliantly,” said Elgar, adding that he had “tough talks” with his players after the big first Test loss.
“If you want to operate at a high performance level, you have to have tough talks. If the guys don’t like it, that’s up to them. I have an old-school mentality.”
India have now had eight attempts to win a Test series in South Africa since the Proteas were readmitted to international cricket in 1992.
South Africa have won seven of the contests in South Africa, with one series drawn.
South Africa’s success in chasing a tricky target on Newlands’ wearing ground was largely down to No. 3 Keegan Petersen, who shot 82 in the second set to anchor the series tiebreaker. South African.
He also contributed 72 in the opening innings of his fifth Test and first home series.
The series was weak and close throughout, thanks in part to the friendly nature of the fast bowlers of the South African grounds and also to the strength of both teams’ bowling attacks.
In the end, South Africa’s perceived weakness – their stick – prevailed over India’s strong bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah, who was a threat throughout but ended with just 1 -54 when it counted in the final innings of the series.
South Africa started day four 2-101 with the game in play.
But Petersen shared a 54 partnership with van der Dussen after a 78 stand with Elgar the day before.
When Petersen went down slashing a ball to his stumps to leave South Africa 3-155, India had a glimpse of victory but van der Dussen and Bavuma ruled out the tourists.
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