India must be hard on themselves: Kohli

Rain wiped out most of the final session in Centurion on Day 3

Rain wiped out most of the final session in Centurion on Day 3

They lost one more, however, to a ball that didn't deserve a wicket; Ngidi bowled it short and wide, and perhaps it stopped slightly on KL Rahul - he shaped to cut, checked his shot as he played it, and ended up slicing it straight into backward point's hands.

"Mentally it took a toll, even after that series".

Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock started to appeal but was not supported by Morkel or the slip fielders, but replays showed a faint edge.

Sometimes it is not about giving 120% during a match.

"It hasn't come together at one time which obviously South Africa has done and that's how you win Test matches", he said. We know it's definitely going to be the quickest and the one with the most bounce. I certainly don't think like that and no one in the change room thinks like that. India have got some fantastic batsmen, (but) probably batsmen who aren't used to those sort of conditions. "I wish the West Indies team is much better as they were", he signed off. "That's a biggest positive, that we are taking 20 wickets", Dhoni said. What's happened in the previous year does not matter.

"It's great to get centuries and it's the ultimate to go out there and perform". To win a Test match you need 20 wickets and we have taken 20 wickets.

"Of course, they can bounce back".

While it sounds good to ask the team to be harsh on itself, there is a great fear that there is within this team a tendency to put a positive spin on everything. Looking at the wicket at SuperSport (for the second Test), when a wicket is up and down, the taller you are the more advantage you got in a bowling attack. "You did not prepare well enough", Cullinan said. He punished the bowler for every minute mistake he made just as he would slam any accusation that dare comes his or his team's way.

When we blame Indian players for their losses in South Africa or elsewhere overseas, are we saying that when they win at home they give their 100% and that they don't do the same overseas? Even though he played well for his 93 in the first innings, his inclusion has meant that India have gone in with only 5 regular batsmen.

The former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth considers that the Indian cricket team's united batting failure in both innings of the second test in Centurion, which helped South Africa win the series with a match to go, could have been evaded with better performance. Hardik Pandya giving away his wicket clumsily, Shikhar Dhawan playing the most weird of shots to get out, Parthiv Patel dropping nearly everything - these are not the kind of factors Kohli would have any control over. Having bowled South Africa out for 258 in their second innings, India were left with the task of chasing 287 with the best part of four sessions remaining.

The Indian cricket captain questioning the commitment of the batsmen is unacceptable ('Sport' page - "Kohli has tough words for his team", January 18). Otherwise we will see the repeat of home domination, false hopes when touring and consequent indignation when touring and losing outside Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

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