Virat Kohli credits bowlers for India triumph
Virat Kohli said that India would test new players and test their temper in the ongoing series against South Africa. The Indian skipper, who scored 72* to guide India to a seven-wicket victory over South Africa at the second T20 International here attributed its bowlers to a modest target of 149-5.
Virat Kohli gives credits to India bowlers
“The bowlers showed much character. The pitch was perfect, and they (South Africa) got off to a good start, so it was a huge effort on the part of the bowler to get the game backed by us,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference. “That’s exactly what we’re seeing, trying out new people and seeing who gets up under pressure,” he added.
Reporters asked Kohli about the mantra behind his consistency. Kohli said wearing the national jersey was enough motivation. “It’s the badge in front of my shirt. I’m proud to play for my country, so whatever it takes to get over the line, I’ll do it. Get the team across the line anyway. If you want your team to win, you’ll find a way,” Virat Kohli said.
South Africa’s captain, Quinton de Kock, praised Indian bowlers and said his “good display in the kills didn’t help his team’s cause.”
“I think we got off to a good start. Towards the end they played pretty well, they understood the conditions much faster than we did,” Kock’s Quinton said.
When asked about the performances of the three debutantes, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, and Temba Bavuma, on their side, he said, “There was much pressure for some of the new boys, and I thought they played well.” We didn’t have a winning start, but I thought they were very nervous. However, one has to admit that India batted very well.”