The Indian team did not win any test match in Centurion. India had played the first two test matches here and lost both the times. South Africa defeated India in 2010 and 2018.
Virat Kohli’s bat as a batsman may not have been able to do anything special in the year 2021, but this year has been very good for him as a captain. This year India demolished the Australian fort at Gaba and at the end of the year it conquered the South African fort. After the win, Kohli praised his team a lot. India is the first Asian team to win a Test at Centurion.
After the win, Kohli said, ‘We started well. We must also understand that one day’s play was washed away by rain. That shows how well we played.
Since Centurion hasn’t been very good for the Indian team. And Kohli was also aware of this. “It’s really difficult to play against South Africa in Centurion,” he said. Virat praised his batsmen. Kohli said, ‘Our batsmen showed a lot of restraint. Winning the toss and batting first is a tough challenge on foreign soil.
Kohli heaped praise on Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul for giving India a solid base in the first innings. He said that we had an idea that if we scored 300-320 runs, then our position would be very strong.
The Indian captain had complete faith in his bowlers as well. He said, ‘We had an idea that after scoring this score, our bowlers would do their job.’
Jasprit Bumrah did not bowl much in the first innings. Kohli said that we talked about this in the dressing room. Kohli said, ‘Bumrah did not bowl much in the first innings, due to which South Africa scored 40 runs more. The kind of performance that our bowlers put together is the most important thing about our victory in difficult conditions.
Virat Kohli also praised Mohammed Shami. Kohli said that Shami is a world class fast bowler. Kohli said, ‘In my view, he is among the top three fast bowlers in the world. He has very strong wrists, his seam position is also amazing and he bowls the right length with consistency. India has to play the next match in Johannesburg. The Indian team won here last time and Kohli said that we love playing on that ground.