Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

India rely too heavily on Kohli, says Faf

India rely too heavily on Kohli, says Faf

Instead of bashing the under-fire side, Dhoni chose to look at the positives when analysing Virat Kohli and his charges performance in South Africa thus far. The visitors lost the crucial battle after losing the first and second Test at Cape Town and Centurion respectively. He became the seventh South African player to win a Man of the Match award on Test debut. It was not to be, though, and he made just 5 before man-of-the-match Lungi Ngidi dismissed him LBW. They lost one more, however, to a ball that didn't deserve a wicket; Ngidi bowled it short and wide, and perhaps it stopped slightly on KL Rahul - he shaped to cut, checked his shot as he played it, and ended up slicing it straight into backward point's hands. "Once you start scoring runs, you are there". So that's the difference. "We know we'll have to dig deep and make sure we adapt to the conditions like we did in the last two tests and find a way to play our best cricket in the specific conditions‚" De Villiers said. Everyone has chipped in."Kohli, though, disagreed. That's a biggest positive, that we are taking 20 wickets", Dhoni said. The batsmen should have applied themselves better. But I can't think of not coming back to CSK. Anyone can have a day where they can bat through the innings but that doesn't mean that they are too dependent on that particular player.

On the team of the year selection, there were a few surprises omissions which have caught the eye of cricket fans worldwide. Kohli said the most frustrating part of the tour had been his side's inability to string together all three disciplines at the same time.

AB de Villiers batted aggressively against India in the first two Test matches, making vital contributions to set up South Africa's wins, but it was not as though he was trying to make a point. So they are very competitive, they're throwing everything they have at us, and their batsmen want to make a statement. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets in each of his first three overs. Du Plessis also felt his side had won the battle of the seam bowlers. With Ashwin, you know we had done the same thing in the past. They have one or two (quick) guys, where we have three plus Vernon who offers all that control. Gambhir in a post said that rather than going over the top critical towards the team we should rather appreciate the opposition for having played better. The third and final Test of the series begins at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on 24 January.

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He did, and it paid off for the Eagles . "The guys are going to prepare themselves the way they have all season long". But they will be underdogs again when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

Speaking at an event in Chennai, Dhoni was asked to comment on India's loss in the Test series. Shami kept hitting a good length outside off stump, and finding just a bit of seam movement.

While the Indian team is trailing behind the rival team by 0-2 in the ongoing test series, Dhoni took the achievement of taking 20 wickets as a good sign. Elgar has also gained two places and is now ranked 14th following scores of 31 and 61.

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