India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Kohli loses cool, during post-match press conference, watch video
An irate India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday lost his cool and snapped at the scribes in a fiery media session after the series defeat against South Africa, his first reverse as full-time skipper.. With that loss, India also conceded an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series to the Proteas. It is Kohli’s first Test series loss since taking over as full-time captain of India from MS Dhoni.
Kohli is a passionate personalty and thus, it would have been surprising if there weren’t any fireworks in the post-match press conference. the pyrotechnics were seen in Kohli’s interaction with a South African journalist who questioned the skipper about the team changing their XI for every Test.
Journalist: You talking about the team not coming together well, maybe has that been because of the changing of the selection? In all the Tests that you have been captain you have changed your line up in almost each Test. And I think you would know that to win Test matches you also need a little bit of consistency or a lot of consistency and you guys have been lacking that part. What would you put that down to and how would you basically say that you guys will continue changing your team and expect a different result?
Kohli: How many Test matches have we won out of 30? How many have we won? How many have we won? 21 wins, two losses, how many draws?India are ranked number one but post the loss, does Kohli believe they still are the best?
“Look, we have to believe that we are the best side. Even when we came here, if you don’t have the belief that you can win the series here, there is no point coming here.
“We have not come here just to participate. And answering your question, how many times did South Africa come into the game in India?” he added.
Journalist: How many in India?
Kohli: Doesn’t matter, wherever we are try to do our best. I’m here to answer your questions not to fight with you.
Kohli then went back to the journalist while he seemed to be answering another question. “Answering your question sir how many times did South Africa come close to winning games in India. Can you count?” he said.
Virat Kohli, since taking over as Test captain in 2014, has never gone to a new Test without at least one change from the previous one. In the two Test matches in South Africa, his decision to drop Ajinkya Rahane for Rohit Sharma raised a few eyebrows. Kohli maintained that Sharma had been selected on the basis of his “current form” which means that it was based on his performance against Sri Lanka at home.
“I am saying the loss obviously hurts but you make one decision and you got to back it. We don’t sit here and say if you will fail in one game, you are not good enough to be at this level. Didn’t we lose in India when we had the best 11 there?
“Whoever is picked should be good enough to do the job for the team. That is why we have got such a big squad. They are good enough to be at this level but you need to do that collectively as a team. You can’t pinpoint and say which is the best 11. We have played with teams in the past which have looked really strong and lost.”
Kohli was next asked about the trend of fielding different teams in all the Test matches under him and whether the team was losing because of too much chopping and changing.