South Africa leveled the three-match Test series against India in Johannesburg after chasing down a target of 240 runs by 7 wickets.
WHO SAID WHAT?
KL Rahul- Every Test match we play, we want to win, we go out there and compete hard, but South Africa played really well and deserved this victory. We were looking to get on the field today, try and do something special, 122 to get, the pitch was playing up and down, we had a god chance, but their batters played really well. 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. Shardul (Thakur) 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. 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. Virat is already feeling better, he’s been doing a bit of fielding and think he’ll be fine. With Siraj, we need to monitor him in the nets. It’s tough to come back immediately from a hamstring issue, but we do have a good bench strength in the form of Umesh and Ishant. We expected this when we came here, every Test will be competitive and challenging, we’ll be more hungrier after this disappointing loss. Looking forward to Cape Town and the third Test.
KL Rahul: "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."#SAvIND— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 6, 2022
India have never lost a test match defending 200 or more runs under Virat Kohli's captaincy.— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) January 6, 2022
Did India miss their regular Test captain in the second Test vs SA? 🤔#ViratKohli #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/8den6FULbn
They played well but we could have done better! #INDvsSA— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 6, 2022
India did miss the energy of Virat Kohli, the Test Captain https://t.co/oHV7khLsOz— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) January 6, 2022