India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Centurion, Jan 13 – 17 2018, South Africa v India 2018
Match Result: South Africa won by 135 runs
Player of the Match: Lungi Ngidi
Match Report: Kohli domination all the way. Virat Kohli has been thrown out of the captaincy seat of ODIs and Rohit Sharma has been sworn in. Many fans are disappointed with this decision, and its not just the Kohli fans that are upset. This year, 2021, was indeed one of the toughest years and season Kohli has faced. As we end 2021 in 8 days, many of us know that this year was probably the final year of Kohli dominating the cricket world. He might dominate with his batting, but now he is not in absolute power.
The upcoming tour of SA is a chance for Kohli to prove, or should I say, prove again, that he indeed is the face of cricketing world. He might be going through a tough phase as a professional cricketer, but it is the attitude of Kohli that one can take away from him.
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Faf du Plessis | South Africa captain: “It took a lot of work. I thought we were on top most of the time. Especially in the field, we did well. Our main focus after day one was to show character. We were very disappointed after the last 45 minutes on day one. Our chat was that we needed to show more character. We were a little bit short in the first innings. We needed to get 400 after the position we were in. But for me the vital part was in the second innings when we kept pushing what they needed to get. We knew anything above 250 would be tough and that’s why our batsmen grinded. We’re looking forward to Ngidi and KG leading this attack in a few years. [Better catch] Morne definitely! He’s going to tell us about that catch over the next few days.”
Lungi Ngidi: “At the moment it hasn’t sunk in, I’m chaffed and very happy. It’s been quick turnaround for me. There’s been some good form in franchise cricket. When I got the call out I felt I was in good form. Luckily enough, it [the debut] was on my home ground. The support was great. [Stuck] to the basics you know. The odd one that nipped back was getting the wickets. Definitely wasn’t the fastest SuperSport pitch but we had to make do with what we were given. We pretty much put them under pressure.”
Virat Kohli: “We thought the wicket was really flat. It was surprising. We though we have our best chance to put runs on the board. Especially after the way SA ended the first innings, we had the momentum. We should have got the lead. It’s the batsmen who have let the team down again. The thinking it very simple, I wanna leave everything on the field. The 150 means nothing now that we’ve lost the series. Having not won the game, personal milestones do not matter at all. You go out there and you give your best shot. We tried our best and we just weren’t good enough. They were better than us, especially with the fielding.”
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Video of King Kohli 153 Runs vs South Africa in SA at Centurion : 15 Fours : 2018https://t.co/rtUZDIz8Vx— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) December 22, 2021