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For us as a squad, South Africa was a great place to start: Kohli

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In a recent, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli said that there is a need to find out the outstanding performance of his teams in the 2018 clash between Australia and England in Johannesburg. He said that despite the pitch being dangerous and many players facing beatings, the team did not give up and took its stand overcoming all odds.

He said playing with the South African team got him off to a good start, while it continued to build on the recent matches against Australia and England. He said he could neither be strong nor take much inspiration from it even though the conditions were tough there. He emphasized the confidence he got from the match against South Africa and relentlessly faced any challenge that came our way and enjoyed it immensely.

From past experiences, Kohli expressed his concern over the playing conditions in Africa. He said that there are many challenges like bounce, swing and seam but the experience of the past is much better. The South African pitch and climate has always been tough. “The South African pitch has a lot of bounce and pace and you have to do your best to perform there and score runs. There are times when training sessions have gone from bad to worse,” he said. But with more experience there is confidence to come back as the best. This time they are very optimistic and can do something special and get the results we want as a team and given the circumstances.

India will be without Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja in this series. Both these players are the main players of the Indian team. Kohli said that as much as India will miss his services, it is an opportunity for those players to step into his shoes and be a part of something special.

Kohli said, “Jadeja is a very important player for us. He contributes to all three departments which is invaluable overseas and will be missed, we have quality in the team that we are able to make the best combination and still be able Win Test matches. Because we have created that bench strength and environment where the visitors are taking advantage of the opportunities, grabbing it with both hands and even making sure that the team gets May his performance help. As much as we will remember him, he won’t be the deciding factor.”

On Rohit’s absence in the team, Kohli said: “Will miss his abilities a lot. He has already proved in England that he has really worked in his Test match and the opening partnership for us to play in that series.” Obviously, with his experience and skill, we will miss those qualities.

In a recent, there has been lot of updates on the rift that test captain Virat Kohli is having with the BCCI. The issue is about having two captains and a major disagreement on it. Due to injury, Rohit Sharma as been taking rest whereas the rest of the Indian team is geared looking forward.

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