KL Rahul, in post match presentation cited broke silence and cited the reasons behind the loss of game in South Africa. It was the first time that visitors has lost a game in Johannesburg. South Africa has leveled India and now series looks like 1-1.
After Kohli leaving the match owing his injuries, KL Rahul stand in as a captain for the visitors but the match went unfavorable for him making the next match a decider for the series.
In Post-match comments, Team India’s stand-in skipper KL Rahul revealed the real reason why his team suffered a loss at the hands of South Africa. When quizzed about the factor behind India’s defeat, Rahul stated that their total in the first innings of 202 was a tad bit short, and he also lauded the home team for being clinical in their approach.
“If I want to be harsh, the first innings total of 202 was at least 50-60 runs short, we should have scored more and put them under pressure,” said Rahul in the aftermath of India’s defeat.
Rahul did, however, praise the likes of Shardul Thakur, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara for their valuable contribution in the second Test.
“Shardul has been superb for us, has won us a lot of games, he bowled well in the first innings and gave us a chance today as well,” stated KL Rahul in his praise.
Moreover, India’s stand-in captain also lauded the impact of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, as their 100-run stand for the third-wicket helped India reach a competitive total of 266 runs.
“They have been great players for us (on Pujara and Rahane), have always done the job for us over the years, have been under the pump recently, but we believe Pujara and Rahane are our best middle-order players, to go out there, bat in that mindset and play such an innings. It’ll give them confidence and make them do even better in the next Test,” concluded Rahul.
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