Virat Kohli and Team India have been subjected to immense criticism after their dismal performance in seaming South African conditions giving way to yet another series loss outside the Indian subcontinent. There were a lot of expectations on the Virat Kohli led team, as it was the first time that India was travelling with a bowling attack capable of picking up 20 opposition wickets overseas but it was the dismal show in batting which led to the defeat this time around in both the matches played.
Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni however came out in support of the Indian team in whites and urged the team to focus on the positives rather than lashing out on the poor performances by the players. He reckoned that the team was in a position to win both the test matches courtesy of their bowling performances but the outcome at the end of the day was quite different owing to the batting collapse in the 4th innings of both the test matches.
“To win a Test match, you need to take 20 wickets, we have taken 20 wickets. If you can’t take 20 wickets, the next option is to draw a Test match. How you can draw a Test match is by giving less runs and by scoring runs. Third option is there is no option because you are always looking for a win,” MS Dhoni quoted.
“If you cannot take 20 wickets, you cannot win a Test irrespective of where you play — at home or outside. That’s a biggest positive, that we are taking 20 wickets. When we can take 20 wickets, this means we are always in a position to win Test match. Once you start scoring runs, you will be there,” the former Indian captain went on to say.
With the series already done and dusted, Team India will be looking to take back some pride in the third and final test at Johannesburg. The team would also be looking to forget their dismal show in the test series and focus on the ODI and T20I series commencing from February 1.