Pathetic Indian batting show leads to series loss in Centurion

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Aiden Markram during the second Test between India and South Africa in Centurion

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Aiden Markram during the second Test between India and South Africa in Centurion

The win gives hosts South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series after they had produced a similarly dominant performance in the first game.

Sample this conversation between Kohli and a few journalists at the media interaction Wednesday evening, not long after India had lost the three-Test series to South Africa 2-0.

Having scored half of India's runs in the first innings, Kohli's exit left little doubt that South Africa would win.

"I am very honest about good things and when we get it right but it's also fair to comment on where we can get better". We can blame the groundsmen, but we also have to blame ourselves. "We have played with teams in the past which have looked really strong and lost", said Kohli further. Lungi Ngidi (six for 39) did the mopping up to cap a sensational debut."This time round, we haven't batted well as a unit", said Kohli, who bristled with anger at a couple of questions that targeted India's chop-and-change selection policy."We bowled well".

What's the best XI according to you, he asked an Indian scribe who wondered if the skipper failed to pick the right XI on what was a sub-continental pitch here at the SuperSport Park. "The moment for me I think was the captain┬┐s wicket. I feel there is always a battle between bat and ball, so for me that is a good Test wicket". "Especially after SA lost wickets in the first innings, we should have capitalised", the Indian skipper said. "I'm here to answer your questions, not to fight with you", Kohli said to the probing reporter.

"[Makhaya] Ntini, Nel and Dale Steyn were my idols that I looked up to".

"We are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions", Kohli said. Most of Rohit's runs came after India were already seven down, with Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya and R Ashwin failing to survive for too long. To show just how much South Africa were enjoying themselves, de Villiers pulled off a funky celebration, chipping the ball ahead like a rugby player before regathering it to score the try. "Test matches are a different ball game and this series has proved that", Bedi added. It not only scarred Bhuvi's confidence but sent out a message to the entire team- no matter how well you perform, your place is not certain in the side.

"So, yes, this Test was extremely special", Du Plessis said. As it turned out, the final day of the second Test against India will be remembered for other reasons. The conditions weren't the conditions we would have liked but the conditions were there and we still need to win. His aggression was reserved for the opposition and India overcame a tough Aussie unit to register another series win - at home.

"It's an awesome opportunity - not a lot of South African teams have had it", he said.

Kohli's profile, possibly the biggest in the sport, may now be looming too large over the India team.

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