India’s dismal performance outside the subcontinent continued as they lost another test series with a game to spare.
The conditions were favoring Indians in Centurion, but still their batsmen couldn’t show any resilience and fell apart against debutant Lungi Ngidi, as the 21 year old bagged 6 wickets in the second innings. After the match, the skippers spoke and dissected the game and this is what they had to say-
Faf du Plessis:
The South African skipper was elated with their performance and hailed his team for their outstanding all round show to defy India.
“It took a lot of work. I thought we were on top most of the time. Especially in the field, we did well. Our main focus after day one was to show character.”
Faf also praised the new bowling duo of Rabada and Ngidi, “We knew anything above 250 would be tough and that’s why our batsmen grinded. We’re looking forward to Ngidi and KG leading this attack in a few years. [Better catch] Morne definitely! He’s going to tell us about that catch over the next few days.” he added.
India’s Kohli wasn’t happy with the team’s performance, specially they way they batted and admitted that the pitch was something of a surprise as it was really flat.
“It’s the batsmen who have let the team down again. The thinking it very simple, I wanna leave everything on the field. The 150 means nothing now that we’ve lost the series. Having not won the game, personal milestones do not matter at all. You go out there and you give your best shot. We tried our best and we just weren’t good enough. They were better than us, especially with the fielding.”
21 year old Lungi Ngidi was declared Man of the Match and he was very happy with his performance.
“At the moment it hasn’t sunk in, I’m chaffed and very happy. It’s been quick turnaround for me. There’s been some good form in franchise cricket. When I got the call out I felt I was in good form.”
He added that the pitch was a bit on the slower side and bowlers had to put a lot of efforts to grind something out of it.