South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Durban December 7, 2013

'No one in Indian team is frightened of anything' - Kohli

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Handicapped by poor scheduling from the BCCI and India's ordinary bowling, Virat Kohli was left to defend his fellow batsmen against statements from the opposition that some of them might have been frightened in the first ODI, which India lost by 141 runs. Kohli admitted they were outplayed by South Africa, but said there was no way they were frightened.

When told of Dale Steyn's comment that South Africa's bowlers might have inflicted scars that run deeper than just the one match, that the Indian batsmen might have been frightened, Kohli smirked a little, and said: "I don't think so. On a personal level, I don't think so. As I said, I was down the wicket to the fourth ball I faced. It is not about getting frightened or anything like that. He is a quality bowler and we all know that, and we should be good enough to tackle that and come up with the goods when we face him.

"I don't think anyone in this Indian team is frightened of anything. Regardless of the loss the other day, you didn't see anyone sort of closing their eyes to bouncers or getting out throwing their bats around. We were trying hard to counter the bowling they came up with, and they were bowling in great areas, but you didn't see anyone sort of moving away from stumps and trying rash shots or anything like that. We were all trying to get into positions to play correct shots, but they pitched it in the right areas and were getting enough help to trouble us."

Kohli's stepping out to Steyn happened because the Indian bowlers had conceded 358, and the batsmen couldn't afford to take any time to get used to the conditions. As it is they were not given any time to adjust to them before the match. After MS Dhoni, Kohli became the second Indian to mention the poor scheduling, but said they didn't have a choice but to accept it. "The unfortunate part is that we didn't get that too many practice sessions or practice games," Kohli said. "Our schedule has been such. It is unfortunate that we have to sort of play games and then get to know the conditions, rather than be prepared a week or 10 days before. That's all part of the busy schedule we have. We have got to go along with that, and be mentally strong to come back in the next game and perform better."

The same went for the bowling, too, Kohli said. "Bowlers are so used to bowling back home for the last few months that the lengths can't be changed at such a short notice," he said. "I think the bowlers do get excited with a bit of pace and bounce. It tends to happen every time. You see when there is bounce and pace in the wicket, the bowlers do tend to go a bit short because they feel they can bowl that length.

"We have understood, we have learned from the first game, and you will see a much better performance from the bowlers and the batsmen combined. It is all about learning. As I said, we don't have much time to prepare before the game so we would rather learn from the games, and move forward and improve our performances. I hope we pitch the ball in right areas and bat well tomorrow."

Kohli admitted it was tough to face Steyn, especially when chasing 359. "He was quite brilliant the other day," Kohli said. "He is a world-class bowler, and we all know that. To see him swing the ball from middle stump, and get it past the off stump, actually the fifth stump, it was tough to face. It was something very rare because not many can swing the ball like he does, and he was just in great rhythm and pitching the ball in the right areas.

"All you can do as a batsman is to try and upset his length, and that is why when I stepped out and I wanted to hit him over the infield to disturb the length he was bowling. Otherwise if you keep defending, you kept getting beaten, so you have to come up with something.

"We always knew that we will get bounce and pace in South Africa, and we had that in mind. We have plans as batsmen, but when you are chasing 359 there is not much you can do. You may have a set plan, you might tell yourself you don't want to play too many flashy shots in the beginning, but when you are chasing 360 you have to play those shots."

Conceding 358 might not have to do just with errant lengths. Steyn suggested India needed more pace on these pitches to trouble good batsmen. Kohli said the team will definitely consider more pace than that of Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohit Sharma. India will need all that and more if they are to come out of this hole.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JustIPL on December 8, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    We should not lose heart as Dhoni wanted to chase and with India top order runs and then the finishers can handle this pressure. I will keep my fingers crossed for an Indian win. Taking no praise away from SA who have shown that they are great force in world cricket and have the ability to humiliate world champions roughly at will.

  • on December 8, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    rahane will fail. a duck probablyy. DK should be given an comeback. Dhawan And Dhoni will the key players in the match.

  • Pak_Fan86 on December 8, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Why Indians don't understand that it's not an easy thing to beat SA in SA. Not everyone is capable of doing it. Pak did it becuz they had world class bowling attack. Now if Indian people thinking that India would do the same, i can't stop laughing. Its not children's play that any mediocre team goes to SA and beat them. Come on! i mean seriously, come on!

  • deshwani on December 8, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    This is the poor techniques of Indian batters which is showing here against quality bowling and quality pitches... they can only play the shots on flat indian pitches.. thatz all..

  • kingcobra85 on December 8, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    If winning overseas is the yardstick what has SA won in subcontinent in their history ? Or for the matter any ICC tournament in any country ? A BIG ZERO.

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 8, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    If today any fast bowler deserve to say "I scared the batsmen" that is Steyne (along with Johnson) and if he chose to say that, good for him. Let the Indian batters show they are not affected by any of that. Kohli showed the stomach to say he is not affected - I dont think UV or Raina would say what Kohli said. From what we saw recently against Australia and SA, after two wickets fall send Dhoni in anyway, as UV and Raina will only waste time walking in the walking straight out. Just let them field and bowl couple of overs and the bat with 9 batsmen. Just let UV and Raina travel with the team and have some fun.

  • PeterJerome on December 8, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I think 1 win for India in the ODI series would be more than sufficient to have SA shaking in their boots for the test series. C that one coming today from under the table. SA is hugely underestimating the Indian bowlers. Good try by MSD by pitching the Mohit option, which unfortunately did not pay off. I mean v do not hv 150K bowlers to trouble SA with pace, hence Mohit's swing was an option worth exploring. Didnt work, it will b back to basics today.

  • theposeidon on December 8, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    out 123 matches kohli has played, he boasts an avg of over 45 on all overseas venues, hence adaptability is evident in numbers. about rohit, he fought for long and got run out, cut him some slack. he has shown patience and perseverance time and again. dhawan, lets face it , is the best opener we have seen in long time for india. raina although wasnt vry comfy ther but seemed like gettin in groove before that ethereal throw from steyn.should be given one last chance i think. now yuvi has been gettin out in same fashion for quite some matches, towards the beginning of his innings, offering real sloppy shots. also, i dont remember yuvi carrryin the innings on tough tracks. no doubt he wrecks bowling on flat ones but is there an inning where he put up a fight on torrid tracks?i think all he has to do is focus hard at start of innings.also dhoni has to come at 4 to ease pressure on underperformin middle order + he gets time to finish off innings and not lose only cos he ran out of partnrs.

  • Rohan.84 on December 8, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    India still can perform well on foreign pitches and retain no 1 in rankings when they stop worrying too much on SA bowlers specially Dale styne and Morkel.India should never worry as long as they have quality batsmen like Kohli,Sharma,Dhawan,Dhoni.i Believe India can prove to other nations like pakistan and specially England and Australia that they have enough ability to overcome trouble and pressures from SA bowlers.Each Indian Player has to play natural game and think how to perform the best from their previous performances.

    Best of Luck India!!!!Millions are supporting you,don't forget this.

  • Rohan.84 on December 8, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Indian batsmen showing their best abilities against any team in India but less wining performances on foreign pitches specially on bouncy pitches.India has to little worry on their middle order batsmen (except Dhoni) ,particularly talking about yuvi and raina,they are neither scoring good runs in india as wel on foreign pitches nor showcasing their talent in bowling,simply they are loosing chances.I feel yuvi can comeback only when he has fire within else just taking things lightly.and about raina please put him out and let him know how other players (bring rahane in place of raina) performing well if given chance.Also Sir jadeja is simply waste,neither a good bowler nor better batsmen.bring pujara in place.On bowling Contemporary give chance to ishant or unnadkat replacing M sharma.

  • JustIPL on December 8, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    We should not lose heart as Dhoni wanted to chase and with India top order runs and then the finishers can handle this pressure. I will keep my fingers crossed for an Indian win. Taking no praise away from SA who have shown that they are great force in world cricket and have the ability to humiliate world champions roughly at will.

  • on December 8, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    rahane will fail. a duck probablyy. DK should be given an comeback. Dhawan And Dhoni will the key players in the match.

  • Pak_Fan86 on December 8, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Why Indians don't understand that it's not an easy thing to beat SA in SA. Not everyone is capable of doing it. Pak did it becuz they had world class bowling attack. Now if Indian people thinking that India would do the same, i can't stop laughing. Its not children's play that any mediocre team goes to SA and beat them. Come on! i mean seriously, come on!

  • deshwani on December 8, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    This is the poor techniques of Indian batters which is showing here against quality bowling and quality pitches... they can only play the shots on flat indian pitches.. thatz all..

  • kingcobra85 on December 8, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    If winning overseas is the yardstick what has SA won in subcontinent in their history ? Or for the matter any ICC tournament in any country ? A BIG ZERO.

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 8, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    If today any fast bowler deserve to say "I scared the batsmen" that is Steyne (along with Johnson) and if he chose to say that, good for him. Let the Indian batters show they are not affected by any of that. Kohli showed the stomach to say he is not affected - I dont think UV or Raina would say what Kohli said. From what we saw recently against Australia and SA, after two wickets fall send Dhoni in anyway, as UV and Raina will only waste time walking in the walking straight out. Just let them field and bowl couple of overs and the bat with 9 batsmen. Just let UV and Raina travel with the team and have some fun.

  • PeterJerome on December 8, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I think 1 win for India in the ODI series would be more than sufficient to have SA shaking in their boots for the test series. C that one coming today from under the table. SA is hugely underestimating the Indian bowlers. Good try by MSD by pitching the Mohit option, which unfortunately did not pay off. I mean v do not hv 150K bowlers to trouble SA with pace, hence Mohit's swing was an option worth exploring. Didnt work, it will b back to basics today.

  • theposeidon on December 8, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    out 123 matches kohli has played, he boasts an avg of over 45 on all overseas venues, hence adaptability is evident in numbers. about rohit, he fought for long and got run out, cut him some slack. he has shown patience and perseverance time and again. dhawan, lets face it , is the best opener we have seen in long time for india. raina although wasnt vry comfy ther but seemed like gettin in groove before that ethereal throw from steyn.should be given one last chance i think. now yuvi has been gettin out in same fashion for quite some matches, towards the beginning of his innings, offering real sloppy shots. also, i dont remember yuvi carrryin the innings on tough tracks. no doubt he wrecks bowling on flat ones but is there an inning where he put up a fight on torrid tracks?i think all he has to do is focus hard at start of innings.also dhoni has to come at 4 to ease pressure on underperformin middle order + he gets time to finish off innings and not lose only cos he ran out of partnrs.

  • Rohan.84 on December 8, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    India still can perform well on foreign pitches and retain no 1 in rankings when they stop worrying too much on SA bowlers specially Dale styne and Morkel.India should never worry as long as they have quality batsmen like Kohli,Sharma,Dhawan,Dhoni.i Believe India can prove to other nations like pakistan and specially England and Australia that they have enough ability to overcome trouble and pressures from SA bowlers.Each Indian Player has to play natural game and think how to perform the best from their previous performances.

    Best of Luck India!!!!Millions are supporting you,don't forget this.

  • Rohan.84 on December 8, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Indian batsmen showing their best abilities against any team in India but less wining performances on foreign pitches specially on bouncy pitches.India has to little worry on their middle order batsmen (except Dhoni) ,particularly talking about yuvi and raina,they are neither scoring good runs in india as wel on foreign pitches nor showcasing their talent in bowling,simply they are loosing chances.I feel yuvi can comeback only when he has fire within else just taking things lightly.and about raina please put him out and let him know how other players (bring rahane in place of raina) performing well if given chance.Also Sir jadeja is simply waste,neither a good bowler nor better batsmen.bring pujara in place.On bowling Contemporary give chance to ishant or unnadkat replacing M sharma.

  • sachin09 on December 8, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    (1) Bring back Sehwag. He can destroy Steyn. He has done it to many teams in the past.

    (2) Hire a smart bowling coach, someone like Wasim Akram or Glen McGrath..

  • Vnott on December 8, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    It is a fair point that Kohli makes. No team can acclimatize to the conditions without a minimum of 2 tour games. BCCI shd not schedule tours unless this is done. All the talk of tight scheduling does not hold water... It is the board wars which is to blame. Also India have to get their selections right. The batsmen did not look that bad in the 1st game. Dhoni played well . Kohli looked good. Dhawan started well too. Steyn is right on the midde order though... Yuvraj seems to hv got into a mind tangle after Johnson ruffled him up in the India ODIs. He needs one good innings to come out of it. Raina is just a bad selection. Karthik shd have been there. Rayudu is unlikely to do well either. Therefore stay with Raina. Play the faster men Ishant and Umesh.Both are likely to do better than Mohit Sharma . 4 seamers Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant and Umesh would be good. Play one spinner Ashwin. Keep Jadeja out . We should do better in the remaining 2 ODIs......

  • niddib on December 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Indian team members should refrain from making any comments and let their performance do the talking. It is not uncommon to see the remarks like steyn's here galvanizes the opposition players. Remember, the jelly bean episode in England and talk of chin music for Ganguly in Australia. Just play for the nation's pride and the rest will fall in place. Good luck youngsters! Go for the kill.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 8, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Amazing how even with helmets and all the padding arm guards chest guards bowling machines to practice against India are still scared. Imagine if they didn't have helmets they'd still be ranked outside the top 8 like the old days.

  • rudmila on December 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Next time India tour England, South Africa or Australia BCCI should ensure proper scheduling and enough practice matches so that no lame excuses are given for poor performances time and again.

  • Chennai_Voice on December 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    huh! Finally the Big Horn Kohli is praising someone for the quality bowling. It may snow in Durban during the second ODI :-)

  • immi2711 on December 8, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    As far as how to tackle Steyn...Kohli is on the money...You gotta get Steyn off his rythym...like I said, I expect India to come out ahead in 2nd odi....

  • sijanki on December 8, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Kohli is only quality batsman who could make 50 Runs in pacy wicket.

    Rohit/Dhawan ++ are the best batsman who will score in a batting friendly pitches.

    Media is the next who makes our PAPER TIGER's (Rohit/Dawan) big tigers.

    Raina (No. 4 position is mine) ehhehehhe he cannot score in Batting pitch how can he score in a pacy pitch.

    Yuvraj surly had the capability but now his health is not allowing him.

    Jadeja again a good player of batting pitches.

    Pujaraj can be given a chance in place of Raina.

    Ishant should be tried and kicked out .

    Ashwain with good support from Dhoni/Srinivasan (BCCI) support will remain in all matches till Dhoni/Srinivasan are involved.

    Funny spectators are the losers. Non Performing playres are winners :)

  • on December 8, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    india might lose 5-0 because of lack of quality bowling but i am pretty sure that indian batsmen will give african players some scares as series advances. India need to make some changes. dhoni had been respectful to yuvi and he deserved that but lets me fair he doesnt have technique to counter africas bowling. similar thing goes for vijay in tests. he deserves opportunities but for this series gauti deserved to b back. no need to panick we need to replace yuvi and ashwin and play both rahane and raidu and let raina bowl 10 overs as its only our fault that we dont have rishi dhawan/abhishek nayar/irfan pathan in this squad.

  • KiwiRocker- on December 8, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Kohli is complaining about schedule now.....Dhoni in past has done the same. Dhoni in past has actually even complained about too much rain or lack of rain. Stop complaining as it is non sensical. Kohli is an over rated flat track bulley who has been found out againt quality bowling.Junaid Khan made a mockery of Kohli and Rohit Sharma ( one of the most over rated Indian batsmen of all time). Kohli scored 13 runs against Pakistan. Indian team in collabration with BCCI has ensured that India somehow retains their so called ranking. ICC rnakings mean nothing.Pakistan thrashed SA in SA and also so called No.1 Indian team in India and they are still ranked like 6th..ICC rankings are just for amusement and lulling average Indian fan into a fantacy land.It is matter of time before Indian again loses badly in SA like they did in Australia and England. BCCI then will ensure that somehow India plays a lot of matches in India on flat tracks! Irony is that India lost there too against Pak,England!

  • on December 8, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    tell those people who didnt watch the game i watched the match and every one of u was scared u should consider ur self lucky that de kock dropped ur catch otherwise u was a goner after just 2 balls

  • Nampally on December 8, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    I agree with Kohli that there was no fear factor in the Indian batsmen & feel sad that Steyn came out with such a statement. It is a fact coming in & play straight away on a fast , bouncy pitch with likes of Steyn & Morkel. Actually the Indian batsmen coped well but never built up big individual scores. That is what was missing. I thought even #8 Ashwin played correctly & even hooked a bouncer for 4. But chasing a total of 358 was like "mission impossible". I have at least 4 reasons for the Loss: 1. Shami not used as a opening bowler instead of Rohit- least experienced seamer 2. India Not playing the same top 5 batsmen as in Tests- Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli & Rohit Sharma 3. Yadev excluded from XI when he is the fastest at 140+ KPH. 4. Not using 4 seamers.These were the factors for the big SA total. The schedule was also a factor out of players' control. But Team XI is within the control of Captain Dhoni. Not having the best XI playing reflects badly on the XI selectors & Captain.

  • cdublew on December 8, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    It appears that Kohli has put his foot in his mouth here ! There is no doubt that India were blown away by raw pace and some real quality SA bowling. More importantly India's bowling unit was not up to the task of using the conditions at the Wanderers to their advantage. India no doubt have available to them Bowlers who can exploit the conditions in SA and the Selectors should wake up and make the necessary changes or face the same fate that England are currently experiencing in Australia .

  • satkaru1 on December 7, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    You need brave souls.. Gambhir, Shehwag, Irfan and all... Wait till the first test starts... Man Dhoni is such a politician...He is after money.. Gambhir won him the T20 Cup and World Cup and beat him in IPL..so he doesn't him any where close by...what a scoundrel...

  • doctorgoogly on December 7, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    All these moaning about indian cricket pitches is ridiculous,to those moaners i have to ask why not your so called world-beaters team like u think SA,ENG,SLK.AUS not winning series in india or they haven't the great bowlers to ran through indian batting line up when conditions are not great then why called them great bowlers when they performs only over greentop pitches.

  • doubleyukes on December 7, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    @Thighpad if India is the richest sports body they shd be world beaters wherever they go. Preparing fast pitches encourages young players to take up bowling in India plus helps the batsmen to face genuine pace on a pacy wicket. It does not matter what Australia does we must take the lead and do what's appropriate... Mr Srinivasan are you listening?

  • on December 7, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    its hosts right to prepare pitches... so why even discuss that thing even when in asia we made pitches best suited to us... no one closing eyes is job well done by cricinfo's team by showing this pic .. pak recently came here from UAE with no practice matches but played on bouncy tracks here in SA & never complained of such things... i think dhoni & virat should try not to justify the loss in fact face it bravely... i still think india can bounce back if they just forget all these excuses and start doing what pro s always do... concentrate

  • 0mar1 on December 7, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Team India looked totally out of it's depth in these conditions and against this potent an attack.

    Maybe India need to go back to the drawing board - schedule some away series against the likes of Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Bangladesh to get match practice before trying to take on the top tier international teams on their own turf.

    I am a Pak fan, but I certainly don't wan't to see sub-continent teams become a butt of jokes like the caption under the picture above.

  • doctorgoogly on December 7, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    All these moaning about indian cricket pitches is ridiculous,to those moaners i have to ask why not your so called world-beaters team like u think SA,ENG,SLK.AUS not winning series in india or they haven't the great bowlers to ran through indian batting line up when conditions are not great then why called them great bowlers when they performs only over greentop pitches.

  • Albert_cambell on December 7, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    @truecric_fan. Well said mate. Nice to see an honest Indian fan.

  • truecric_fan on December 7, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    South Africa is no longer the under dog for this game.Its a great shame that the BCCI forced CSA to reduce the series to only 2 tests and 3 ODIs - robbing us fans of some world class cricket. Its obvious BCCI wanted to avoid an embarrassing thrashing that can tarnish the image of our super heroes. Ashwin, Raina, Jadeja, Sharma are mediocre players outside India but are given preferential treatment and protection by Dhoni and BCCI. With the tonnes of money the BCCI makes, why cannot we develop better fast bowlers and batsmen who can handle genuine pace, how long can we settle for mediocrity. A true world #1 should have players that dominate all around the world, like the great West Indian Team under Clive Lloyd or like the way Australia dominated world cricket until recently. BCCI is only interested in profit and not the long term benefit of Indian Cricket.If India loose this series, it is BCCI to be blamed first. Good luck Team India, you will need it.

  • Dhanno on December 7, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    @nareshpodi, do you really completely disagree with the picture and the caption a s well ? Kohli made the statement and its disproved for everyone to see.. And regarding his stepping out, if you saw the game you would not make that statement. Kohli was clueless against steyn, before he stepped out he tried to work one of steyn's deliveries to leg side. You saw the balls zipping past outer edge at that pace Kohli wanted to work it on leg side. It was as if these are subcontinent pitches you can do whatever you like.

  • jingopack on December 7, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    C'mon virat and co ....show your steel...match your aggression and gestures with deeds with bat...i hope virat, rohit and dhawan have got the answers....not sure abt yuvraj though...he appears to be shadow of the past...not really showing the attitude...that low confidence is getting reflected in his face...karthik should have got more opportunities....pushed over by the reputation of yuvraj...

  • Vilander on December 7, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    The advantage was handed back in the first 60 balls bowled by Indians, Bhuv was bowling so wide and slow his length was good for Indian pitches not SA..poor kid he needed more time to settle in. BCCI are really the worst cricket board in the world, really with all their money they can not get these boys to go to SA a couple of weeks back and play a few practice games ?. At times i wonder if BCCI ever want to play for pride of nation or is it just make enough money. Dhoni made some tactical errors, Shmai takes a wicket and he takes him off, Shami bowled in 5 spells ! Umesh did not play, Ishant can bounce it like Morkel but at what pace and what line would be the question. Pankaj singh is a good performer who is taller faster and more accurate than Ishant right now but he wont ever play for India since BCCI does not like him. Aaron and Rishi Dhawan could have been sent to SA but hey its BCCI not some usual sporting authority, BCCI is bigger than the game they have more important plans.

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Boomslanger, Wait till tests begin. The difference in quality of both the sides will become obvious. India don't even stand a chance.

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    CRIC_FAN94, Still speaking of '06 and '10? Well, sir, you might wanna know, the current SA test side is up there with the best of the last two decades and has shown it around the world. Meanwhile, India test side has a sad story to tell. Tendulkar's retirement has marked the end of an era and they're soon facing the harsh realities.

  • Blade-Runner on December 7, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Isn't Rohit's eyes closed in this picture here, as the ball passes him ?? Kohli should have gone thru all the AP's pictures before making that comment. Nicely done Cricinfo !!! :))

  • Albert_cambell on December 7, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    @CRIC_FAN94 . The last time Aussies toured us, we got them out for 47 in a green wicket. We have no reasons to prepare doctored wickets. Even visiting teams like Pak and NZ had won an ODI series in SA. We prepare fare wickets for visiting teams.

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    maybe india doing better in second match

  • 1_234 on December 7, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    'You didn't see anyone sort of closing their eyes to bouncers ..', HA HA HA, probably kohli does not visit cricinfo website, he should visit and see the above shown picture.

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    can't wait for second match maybe indians doing well

  • CRIC_FAN94 on December 7, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    @WeirdBeard420 Balanced pitches ? they are not balanced pitches but doctored pitches.Why does SA doesnt prepare same pitches when they play against Aus or Eng? because they are worried of their bowling and doubt for their own batting collapse. And for every ones memory worlds highest run chase is achieved on the same ground ,how biased are the CSA administrators. If we prepare the same sort of square turners,then the test matches will complete in 2 and half days. India cant play on balanced pitches ? have you forgot that SA was all out for 80 odd when india toured in 2006 and how they were afraid of India's bowling in the 2010 durban test.Go and check stats before commenting. No batsman in the world is good facing at 140kph swinging ball.We missed the trick by bowling on good lengths at high pace and if once our bowlers find their forms, i can see SA packing up under 200

  • boomslanger on December 7, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ WeirdBeard420 Does only India "Prepare pitches"? How do you think SAF wins all their matches home? Why should India prepare pitches , green tops and what have you, to aid countries like SA? In the same vein one could say that SAF is like a club team, with about two batsmen of any note (Hash and DeVilliers). They got licked by Pakistan in their backyard, and you've got to agree that half the kids doing such a manful job for India after the departure of their Greats have never seen a green wicket in their lives. Be patient.. let these kid poke around a bit and Goodbye Steyn!

  • Emi7 on December 7, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    I don't think that inda will counter this SA attack especially in that Durban green pitch, although they have worldclass bating line up but only for India pitches. Thanks to BCCI, they saved India from 7-0 defeat.

  • B_Puthur on December 7, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Guess neither Kohli nor the guys with 'moustache' were intimidated. May be the pressure mounted on chasing 359. Hope bowler's do a better job next time.

  • Smahuta on December 7, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Great pic to accompany the quote. Nobody closing eyes? Lol. Whether they were scared or not, they certainly looked it. Looks like it was a severe wakeup call for Sharma facing that first over from Dale. He didnt have a clue, not one jot. THat double ton is a long way away now hey? If this is what they do on a flat joburg ODI wicket, I wonder how they will cope when it is a bowlers wicket in a test match where there is no respite from the quicks.

  • WeirdBeard420 on December 7, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    hahaha blaming poor scheduling? C'mon, that excuse was getting old back in 2008. Face it, India: At home, your groundskeepers prepare pitches to ensure you score 350+ with ease, yet the same batting XI is all-out for 200ish on a pitch that offers balance between bat and ball. That has nothing to do with scheduling, because, as any cricket fan can tell you, every test-playing nation is facing over-scheduling issues, yet no other squad is so 'Jekkyl & Hyde' with their performances when playing outside of their backyard.

    BCCI may have pulled strings to ensure India's #1 ranking at home, but the reality is, India is about the 17th or 18th best cricketing nation when playing cricket outside of the sub-continent. The current squad would even struggle against the likes of Ireland, Kenya, Canada, and Netherlands on balanced pitches.

  • boomslanger on December 7, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Why are Ishant Sharma and Yadav having a vacation? For all the Ishant Sharma "fans" over there, Ishant is the fastest India has now and ever did for a long time. Now you shall see the reason behind MSD's persistence with him. Straight seam or not, bad wrist position or not, he can still bowl 140-150Kphin his sleep. He may not take to many wickets but he sure can try and scare them to lose some... And shut the Steyns and others who have been harping about slow Indian bowlers up. Gosh! a billion people and Cannot produced one strong man who can bowl..

  • boomslanger on December 7, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    India should surprise SAF by flying in Vinay Kumar and Undakat to replace Mohit Sharma And Shami. Batsmen (well padded from neck to thigh) should take leg guard and use the following stance: Use (for a RHB) left foot forward covering leg and middle and right leg slightly back of front crease (maintaining balance) using bat and pad close, very close together to cover off and middle and off stumps. There onward, Stand still and let Steyn and his demons bowl whatever they like. Short pitch, good length whatever. Till they tire and bowl slow and wide, then smack 'em out of the ground on front foot or back, whichever is easier. Oh, yes, watch out for the straight ones that can get the LBW decision, just swivel around the bat with loose hands to deflect those away. When SAF is batting, to get early wickets, open bowling with Undakat. He'll have at least three or four unbelieving SAF batsmen playing strokes before the ball reaches the other end LBW or Bowled, easy! Vinay can be the pacy f

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on December 7, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    I do not know about anyone in indian team but Kohli never frightened .

  • Thighpad on December 7, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @doubleyukes.Calls for India to prepare fast pitches at home are simply ridiculous.India has won every series/turnament they have played in this year ,home and away and because they have lost a single game myopic cricketproof armchair analysts/(prophets of doom ) are already calling for wholescale changes to a india`s paradigm.Australia were whitewashed 4-0 in india but there was never any talk of preparing rank turners in melbourne and perth and they are outpacing the english

  • NareshPodi on December 7, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    I completely disagree with you(@Dhanno, regarding Kohlis approach. Stepping out to fourth ball was not desperation but it is trying something new instead of doing Rohit...

    I am confident that Kohli will definitely come back strongly. He will adopt the situations fast. Initially, Malinga used to scare the batsman but later Malinga scared by Kohli, remember that. It will happen to Steyn & co too....

    We need to understand that players are also human beings. They have to understand the bowling then attack but looking at the 350+ runs will definitely a scary thing.

    Indian team will perform mach better from now on and wins the cups.. Go INDIA GO..................

  • DC75 on December 7, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I don't think the indian batsmen were scared or frightened, they are used to this pace in IPL, the bounce is one thing that they need to adjust to and it will come only after playing few games. I guess they will lose the ODI 2-1 or 3-0 but will perform much better in tests as they have quality batsmen who can wait it out rather than try and score as in ODI

  • usernames on December 7, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    It's funny we are making so much out of one match. This isn't '99 and these aren't Indian batsmen of the yore.

  • on December 7, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Come on kholi, the world have seen what was happening in the first odi. 16 bAlls to get the bat on ball,and the body language of indian batsmen showed ur frustration. Thanx SA for this reality check

  • doubleyukes on December 7, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    THe battle between the ball and bat is very exciting. Play square of the wicket and do not try to scoop the ball for sixers thats impossible on these fast and bouncy wickets. Drop Yuvi and bring in Rahane. I somehow feel given Dhoni's luck the next match might be washed out then India will come back and win the third to tie the series. I blame everything on the Indian wickets why can't they make it fast then everything will be ok. Start with two centers - say Mumbai and Chennai leave the rest as it is.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on December 7, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Well I am quite sure, he is afraid, not as batsman but for his reputation. just remember one thing play orthodox, on the front foot. If Kohli goes misfire then no indian batsman can perform better out there. he is in superb touch.

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Only the time will tell that who Is frightened. Indian batsman or south African bowlers.

  • Unomaas on December 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Sorry to contradict, we all saw Yuvraj almost get smacked in the face off McLaren and you get smacked in the ribs which must still be hurting :P.

    The pace and bounce of SA is real and rather that expend energy towards false bravado, rather take lesson's from Mitch Johnson today on how not to to play the moving + bouncing ball.

    I like your positive and pro-attacking attitude but lets not forget that you were dropped off 2 from a sitter! You showed us some mettle last time you were in SA so show us again!

  • Dhanno on December 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Nice article. A good quote : "You didn't see anyone sort of closing their eyes to bouncers or getting out throwing their bats around" which accompanies a picture of Indian bat (RS is it ?) doing exactly the same. Closing his eyes and throwing up bat like he is poking the cat sitting on tree limb. Good captioning guys. And Kohli stepping out to fourth ball was desperation, he was nowhere near the pitch of the ball had no idea where it went. Bravery and foolishness, they have a about 8 in difference, that was the difference in his bat and ball on that occasion.

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  • Dhanno on December 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Nice article. A good quote : "You didn't see anyone sort of closing their eyes to bouncers or getting out throwing their bats around" which accompanies a picture of Indian bat (RS is it ?) doing exactly the same. Closing his eyes and throwing up bat like he is poking the cat sitting on tree limb. Good captioning guys. And Kohli stepping out to fourth ball was desperation, he was nowhere near the pitch of the ball had no idea where it went. Bravery and foolishness, they have a about 8 in difference, that was the difference in his bat and ball on that occasion.

  • Unomaas on December 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Sorry to contradict, we all saw Yuvraj almost get smacked in the face off McLaren and you get smacked in the ribs which must still be hurting :P.

    The pace and bounce of SA is real and rather that expend energy towards false bravado, rather take lesson's from Mitch Johnson today on how not to to play the moving + bouncing ball.

    I like your positive and pro-attacking attitude but lets not forget that you were dropped off 2 from a sitter! You showed us some mettle last time you were in SA so show us again!

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Only the time will tell that who Is frightened. Indian batsman or south African bowlers.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on December 7, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Well I am quite sure, he is afraid, not as batsman but for his reputation. just remember one thing play orthodox, on the front foot. If Kohli goes misfire then no indian batsman can perform better out there. he is in superb touch.

  • doubleyukes on December 7, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    THe battle between the ball and bat is very exciting. Play square of the wicket and do not try to scoop the ball for sixers thats impossible on these fast and bouncy wickets. Drop Yuvi and bring in Rahane. I somehow feel given Dhoni's luck the next match might be washed out then India will come back and win the third to tie the series. I blame everything on the Indian wickets why can't they make it fast then everything will be ok. Start with two centers - say Mumbai and Chennai leave the rest as it is.

  • on December 7, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Come on kholi, the world have seen what was happening in the first odi. 16 bAlls to get the bat on ball,and the body language of indian batsmen showed ur frustration. Thanx SA for this reality check

  • usernames on December 7, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    It's funny we are making so much out of one match. This isn't '99 and these aren't Indian batsmen of the yore.

  • DC75 on December 7, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I don't think the indian batsmen were scared or frightened, they are used to this pace in IPL, the bounce is one thing that they need to adjust to and it will come only after playing few games. I guess they will lose the ODI 2-1 or 3-0 but will perform much better in tests as they have quality batsmen who can wait it out rather than try and score as in ODI

  • NareshPodi on December 7, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    I completely disagree with you(@Dhanno, regarding Kohlis approach. Stepping out to fourth ball was not desperation but it is trying something new instead of doing Rohit...

    I am confident that Kohli will definitely come back strongly. He will adopt the situations fast. Initially, Malinga used to scare the batsman but later Malinga scared by Kohli, remember that. It will happen to Steyn & co too....

    We need to understand that players are also human beings. They have to understand the bowling then attack but looking at the 350+ runs will definitely a scary thing.

    Indian team will perform mach better from now on and wins the cups.. Go INDIA GO..................

  • Thighpad on December 7, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @doubleyukes.Calls for India to prepare fast pitches at home are simply ridiculous.India has won every series/turnament they have played in this year ,home and away and because they have lost a single game myopic cricketproof armchair analysts/(prophets of doom ) are already calling for wholescale changes to a india`s paradigm.Australia were whitewashed 4-0 in india but there was never any talk of preparing rank turners in melbourne and perth and they are outpacing the english