The number one test side in the world has started their 2018 in the worst way possible as India lost to South Africa in the first test in Cape Town.
The trip promised to be stern for the Indian side, who has had a merry way in the longest format in all their encounters in sub continent, but the overseas form seems to remain the same as India’s crushing loss depicts.
Here is the semi transcript of what both the captains said-
Faf du Plessis:
“The way we responded was brilliant. Even with them getting to a decent start, we stuck to our guns. The first morning we expected it to move around, but quite a bit of damage was done in the first hour.”
he added that he was surprised by the nature of the pitch in the second innings as it was looking green and lively. He thinks that it’s important that they won as it puts India under immense pressure and wished Dale Steyn for a speedy recovery.
“Well in hindsight, we lost by 70-odd, if we had taken chances in the first innings, they would have been 220. Losing wickets in bunches we have to plug in. We were in the game for the three days and it was a wonderful match to be part of. We would have taken that if someone told 208 would be the target.”
Kohli praised Pandya for his valiant all round effort in the match and praised the bowling display as well, saying, ” The bowlers learnt pretty quickly and did well in the second innings. We are still feeling good about how we went about this Test match. The mindset really matters when you travel away from home. You need to positive in defense and leaving, and cash in on scoring.”
Vernon Philander, MOTM:
“Coming to Newlands, it is generally slow, but they caught us off guard in the first morning. It was a wonderful effort with the bat from us in the first innings. What better crowd, what better conditions you can ask for! I think the ways the boys went about is was special. We were one seamer down but KG and Morne also bowled pretty well.
I have been coming back after the break, so I felt a little stiff. Look, Dale has been one hell of a champion, one hell of a leader. Hopefully, he is back as soon as possible.”