Virat Kohli surprised by Proteas’ lack of urgency

2013-12-23 09:23

Indian batsman Virat Kohli said the drawn result in the test match against South Africa was a fair reflection of how the game had panned out.

Kohli also said he was surprised by South Africa’s lack of urgency in the last three overs when they needed 16 runs to win.

“Honestly, we were pretty shocked. We did not think that they would stop going for the score because Vernon Philander was striking the ball very well and Dale Steyn can bat. We have seen what he is capable of. I don’t know what happened there but we had our plans set but to see them not go for it was pretty surprising,” Kohli said.

Kohli, who scored 119 and 96 in the test match that ended yesterday, was full of praise for Faf du Plessis’ six-hour 134, which brought the home team to the brink of victory.

Considering how well India batted, it was a very good complement, with Kohli adding that they didn’t expect him to kick on so well after being dropped from the ODI team.

“To bat under pressure like he did, showed his character. It shows how good a player he is. Him and AB (de Villiers) batted brilliantly but AB’s dismissal opened up things for us. We thought we were going to win the game but such was the nature, we were on the back foot again. There was just too much going on at the end,” Kohli added.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith was chuffed at the efforts of his team mates, who ensured the Proteas keep their unbeaten test match run at home intact, adding that the decision to shut shop was made in the middle.

“Morne (Morkel) was in no position to stand and Imran (Tahir), I’m not too sure what you are going to get from him and we as the team have to support the decision that was made by Dale (Steyn) and Vernon (Philander) in the middle. There were two overs to go and there is one test match to play in the series,” Smith said.

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