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'Shocked SA didn't push for a win' - Kohli

India batsman Virat Kohli talks to the media at the end of the first South Africa-India Test, in Johannesburg

December 22, 2013

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

India need a fresh new captain for TESTS. Dhoni is ok for ODI. A wicketkeeper batsman who could bat. Also an allrounder like Rishi Dhawan - excellent fielder and bowler. Rohit and Dhawan need to pull up their socks. There are other players waiting. Give them the next game.

Posted by Manowara on (December 23, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Virat is hiding the fact that they could not take 10l wickets of SA 2nd innings, while boasting there bowlers bowled brilliantly. The true story was that India escape narrowly by making them drag the game to end of the day. If they were bowling well they should have won it. Its same old story of 1. If you win its the best bowling and batting in the world. 2, If you loose its the ground preparation, Wind due etc, never talk of the brilliance of the other team. 3. If the game drawn its the other team drag it to the draw not bcs your ppl could not win the game. He learns step by step how Indian cricket is from MSD and become a carbon copy of MSD. Indian cricket is all about making the defeat off the field not on the field.

Posted by Tamilpower on (December 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Extremely fair comments by Kohli. South Africa proved once again that they are no 1 chokers and cannot handle the big stage! India deserved to wit the game but Ab and Faf pulled it back and the South Africans just could not handle the final stage once again...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

The speech from virat is excellent & matured, INDIA did well done in SA without any experience. ""Get prepare for next match''

Posted by mavid2 on (December 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

I feel Virat could have given a better speach, concentrating on his team and on his goals towards the next match, rather, to give an excuse or cover up the Match draw, which India should have won. I hope surely the team would have gossiped in the dressing room on the speach of virat commenting South Africa could have gone for a win, yes from the cricket lovers point of view South Africa went for the win from a lost match and they drew it. It is a shame on Virat, to take the Man of the Match award instead giving the honors to Faf Du plessis. Sorry Virat, I spoke what was in my Mind. Please take it Easy.... Al the best for your nextmatch and all the best for the team India.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 23, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Posted by Nihal Marambe on (December 23, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

This man reminds me of one of the greatest leaders Cricket has ever seen "Ian Chappell". Wish we had another like him to have real competitive cricket. I am sure A.B must be clicking his heels and cursing Greame Smith for not taking the challenge. Dhoni would certainly gone for it.

Nihal did you watch the game? Dhoni put 8 fielders on the boundary and instructed his bowlers to bowl short and wide make the ball out of reach to the batsmen. He was playing for the draw so I disagree with your point that Dhoni 'would have gone for it' ...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

matured comments . jus wow virat wow ,

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

This man reminds me of one of the greatest leaders Cricket has ever seen "Ian Chappell". Wish we had another like him to have real competitive cricket. I am sure A.B must be clicking his heels and cursing Greame Smith for not taking the challenge. Dhoni would certainly gone for it.

This certainly a great test without a result. If there was a result, it would have been the greatest test of all.

Posted by TellasisPatel on (December 23, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Virat Kohli has made excellent observations here. (Compare his comments to those made by Graeme Smith, SA Captain.). Virat is a young man with tremendous potential and maturity. In the post-game interview, he correctly and publicly took blame for running out Pujara in the first innings. When Rohit Mishra ran out Virat Kohli, when Virat was in great form, Rohit brushed it off as it happens in cricket, Virat will get over it. India is fortunate that Virat Kohli is ready to lead Indian Team when the situation arises. Thank you.

Posted by MasterClass on (December 22, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

Wonderful comments from Virat! Truly future captain material. He was lavish with praise for SA, AB & Faf. Praising their brilliance takes nothing away from the astounding game this young team has delivered. And that shows a lot of self assurance and character: It's the quality of winners. Rarely do you ever hear Dhoni acknowledge, let alone praise the opposition. Not because Dhoni does not respect the opposition, but because he feels that the Indian players need to be talked up. And that shows a lack of understanding of this courageous young team. Maybe there are a few players that need that, but Virat and many others are confident talented players who consider themselves as good as the best and SHOULD because they are! Teams would kill to have players like Pujara, Kohli, Vijay Rahane, Shami, Ashwin and even Ishant. I'm loving this Indian team!

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