Saturday, 20th January, 2018

Kohli bowed before SA bowlers

10, Jan 2018 By shakeel ahmad

India’s defeat in the first Test match at the hands of South African cricketers at Newlands in Cape Town broke every cricket lover’s heart in the country. Even Harbhajan Singh was depressed with this unfortunate end result. This was so true for Indian captain Virat Kohli when he admitted looking at the mini collapses.

The batsmen crashed and the captain stressed upon rectifying their mistakes. The players’ performance does everything for the team. Is it always their bad luck? It is actually easier for a captain to hint at the collapse of the batsmen but where was his contribution in the play that was amply visible to the analysts. Even one troll goes thus: “Kohli sirf Indian pitch per century bana sakte ho.”

It was super hard for Virat to accept the defeat but he appeared to have not returned in the form after his wedding. Seems so sensible now that the fans even think of it but when the batting order begins to dwindle on the pitch, there remains little scope of win, the desperate players no longer tolerate it and play along no matter how slow runs are accumulated.

After having tried all the manoeuvres and been through them all, our players lacked a good chance to sail over the opponent team. They even kept committing mistakes and suspending attacking game. In the end that all backfired on them in the form of a defeat with a margin of 72 runs.

India had looked to control over the test when they finely bowled South Africa out for 130 runs but found the home attack on the seamer-friendly wicket too much of a challenge. The coming clash in Pretoria on Saturday will see whether it is an uphill battle or not. Like everything, defeating a cricket team can be hectically competitive.