'Batsmen need to reflect on poor shows'

'Batsmen need to reflect on poor shows'

Virat Kohli came down hard on his batting unit after India crashed to a 135-run defeat in the second Test to lose the three-match series 0-2 with the final Test to go in Johannesburg next week.

The skipper, the only Indian batsman to be among runs, termed the soft dismissals, including three run-outs, as unacceptable and asked his batting mates to sit and reflect on things themselves.      

"At the end of the day one team has to lose," Kohli said when asked about Cheteshwar Pujara's twin run-outs and general lack of application from the batsmen. "As a team you always try to win. You can accept defeat but not the way we played, the way we let the advantage slip out of our hands, that is not acceptable from a team's point of view. So many soft dismissals in one match hurt a lot.

"Because you work so hard, you prepare for a match, you get into good situations, shift the game towards you, and then the momentum shifts because of these mistakes. That feels very bad as a team. Individuals have to sit and reflect on these things themselves. They do it, I am not saying they don't reflect on it, but we have repeated these mistakes in both matches," he explained.

Kohli also indicated that some heads may roll if individuals don't pull up their socks. While each of the top-order batsmen, who got to play in the series so far, came here with a reputation to either destroy or blunt attacks, barring Kohli no one has measured up to the challenge. Even on a benign pitch here, they were troubled by the Proteas' pacemen.

"We will have to sit down and discuss those things," Kohli said when asked if he was tempted to sit with India 'A' coach (Rahul Dravid) and discuss potential replacements. "Look it doesn't feel nice that you come out and you feel good as a team and then you are not able to execute what you want to. It almost has to be a madness to be able to win away from home. And you have to live that every minute, every day of being on tour.

"As I said, it is a very individual thing but we need to discuss this as a team for sure. I can't speak on behalf of selectors as to what they are thinking. Obviously, the selectors will come into the conversation as well when we are looking at planning for future tours also because we have a lot of cricket away from home. This was not the only tour. We have to identify all the areas that need improvement. And accordingly, act on those," he elaborated.

 

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