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We don't decide playing XI as per outside opinion: Virat Kohli

We don't decide playing XI as per outside opinion: Virat Kohli

Indeed, after a successful Test series against the Sri Lankans, Rohit had pushed his case even further when he hit an unprecedented third career double-century in one-day internationals, followed by a second Twenty20 global hundred a few days after. "If your batsmen don't bat well then it doesn't matter if you are not getting close to their total, it doesn't matter if you have taken 20 wickets or not". There were calls questioning the omission of the middle-order bat, who in Kohli's words had been the team's "most consistent and solid player away from home".

After the match, Kohli had defended Rohit and Shikhar's selections.

"You saw some good fast bowlers on both sides and from my understanding of Centurion, it's a pitch with some pace and bounce and that will probably be the make-up of the team going forward", Gibson added.

"We felt we could chase 208, it felt very realistic, but again we needed someone to go out there and get 75 or 80 and not 25 or 30 runs; we wanted a big partnership".

"We made a decision to go on current form", Kohli said shortly after their 72-run defeat. We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and talk of the town and all those sort of things. "I knew it was stone dead", he added, referring to the review asked by Kohli after onfield umpire ruled him out. I'm not saying that Ajinkya can not or will not start in this game.

The one thing Kohli would not be drawn into was any debate on the playing XI, insisting that it depended on the conditions, form and how the team's last practice session on match eve went.

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"In the first innings we thought we bowled a little fuller than the normal because in India the wickets are different where we have to pitch fuller to get the swing and to get the batsmen on the front foot".

"For us as a team it's all about finding the right balance".

After the match, he posted an emotional tweet that said, "It's sad we lost the game!" "The batting didn't come out well so I'm not anxious on the bowling front at all".

"We've got fantastic seam bowlers". You definitely need that to win Test matches but you also need a solid batting performance.

Doubtless that example will be raised as India discuss how to stave off a series defeat‚ the prospect of which became uncomfortably real for them on Monday - when South Africa won a low-scoring Newlands duel by 72 runs. Whether we are playing five batsmen or six, you still need to apply yourself. "There are two ways of taking it - you can take it personally and fade away, or you can take it on board and make a play", he said. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face spells, which are going to be hard.