Sidharth Monga

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Virat Kohli's reactions said a lot

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 5th day

'I'm not sitting here comforting my guys' - Kohli

India's captain said he wanted his players 'be hard on themselves' after the defeat in Centurion, while responding combatively to questions about selection and his team's overseas record in his post-match press conference

Mohammed Shami reacts in the field

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 4th day

Making sense of India's unusual tactics

Why did India delay taking the new ball? And why did Shami bowl only one over in the middle session? Here's Sidharth Monga's take on those questions and others

Ishant Sharma unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Dean Elgar

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 4th day

Did India lose the plot in the middle session?

In Test cricket, as in life, there comes situations that define you as a team. For India, that moment arrived during the post-lunch session of the fourth day

Virat Kohli's pumped celebration after reaching his hundred

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 3rd day

Kohli's excellence in isolation

Surely he remembers Adelaide when he carried them almost all alone? He is desperate to avoid a repeat

Virat Kohli addresses the media

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 3rd day

A start-stop final session stalls India's momentum

In 5.1 overs, the visitors went from not wanting to take the field because of a wet outfield to wanting to stay on after seeing the ball swing around

Virat Kohli raises his bat after getting to his half-century

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 2nd day

Kohli's unscrambled mind cashes in on conditions

India's captain might have the conditions going for him, but he still had to face some high-quality bowlers executing their plans to near perfection