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India will still believe they can make history despite Kohli's dismissal

18 January 2018

Lungi Ngidi's sensational debut led South Africa to a memorable 135-run victory in the second Test at Centurion Park on Thursday. Cheteshwar Pujara, supposedly the Test specialist in the side, was run out in both the innings.

Kohli is a passionate personalty and thus, it would have been surprising if there weren't any fireworks in the post-match press conference. "South Africa did not have many partnerships, but whatever they had, one big partnership was always there and that was the key to them consolidating those situations and they deserved to win the series", he added. We don't decide the eleven according to the results. I think you could see that in this Test.

"You can accept defeat but not the way we played".

"I am saying the loss obviously hurts but you make one decision to go back anyway". Bhuvneshwar Kumar was one of India's best performers in the first Test yet he warmed the bench. Whoever plays should be good enough to go out there and do the job for the team. We were not good enough to do that, that's a different thing. When asked by the media persons about fielding the best possible playing XI and his team's overseas record, Kohli retaliated and told the reporter if he could tell him what was the best XI which he should have fielded. "But, OK, whatever it is we have to play on it and the conditions are same for both teams". We have not come here to just participate. "I am here to answer your questions not to fight with you". "How many draws?" the India skipper said.

Meanwhile, Kohli became the second Indian player to receive one or more demerit points since the introduction of the system in September 2016.

"We are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions", Kohli said.

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In the slowest cricket of the series, South Africa scored only 57 runs for the loss of two wickets in 27 overs and two-and-a-quarter hours between lunch and tea.

Arab News look at who had a good day and who had a day to forget on day five of the Centurion Test. India, the No. 1 team in tests by some way at the start of the series after a dominant run of form in Asia, face a first whitewash in six years. The game was finished in three days, one (day) was a washout. We have come here to play.

"We've come here to play and we've had equal opportunity to win in both matches".

Ishant Sharma (2-40) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-70) wrapped up the innings, despite a battling 48 from home captain Faf du Plessis. He believed that South Africa deserved full credit to win the series and they were outplayed in all departments in the first two Tests.

"I'm not going to delve into what happened in Cape Town, but it's something that really gets me going if someone is in my ear and tries to put me down", he said.

A suicidal run out of the first ball in the second innings and then in the second innings too he got run out at 19. "In the past I didn t know what I was doing to be honest but now I have found my feet, the right path that I am going down and the right formula for me as a cricketer".

India will still believe they can make history despite Kohli's dismissal