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In conditions that should suit them more, we adapted really well and we fought every hour. "There have been many soft dismissals, which as a team, are not acceptable". It's a revenge of sorts for Faf du Plessis and his men, who had been blanked 3-0 when they toured India in late 2015.

Outside of Kohli's significant and magnificent first innings contribution in favourable conditions‚ the main batsmen didn't front up or capitalise on starts. Vijay has surely not been on his best so far on this tour.

Within the same gathering‚ Kohli also soberly pointed out one of the reasons why India ended up being a distant second best in both Tests. How many have we won? We have come here to play.

"That's how you win test matches‚" Kohli said. In case a player has accumulated 4-7 demerit points, it corresponds to 2 suspension points, 8 to 11 demerit points is converted into 4 suspension points while 12 and above translates into 6 suspension points. So we don't get too disheartened that this (resumption of play) didn't happen. That is something we haven't repeated here. We obviously look at the conditions and we decide as a management group and the captain myself sitting together, that what is the best eleven that we can take on the field. Time was not a factor for South Africa; building the lead and tiring the bowlers so that they could cash in later was of more value. "They deserve to win the series", Kohli said. This was the first series loss for India since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2014-15 in Australia.

India, who had scored 307 runs with the help of skipper Kohli's 153 run in reply to South Africa's 335 first innings' score, were handed a 287-run target for victory in their second innings.

Kohli answered, "It doesn't matter, wherever we play, we try to do our best". I can only say that vice captain, who is part of the decision-making, is not playing.

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"Similarly, when you are batting as well you want to make a big 100". Didn't we lose in India?

Kohli said, "Whoever is picked should be good enough to do the job for the team".

"Now we need to get seven more wickets on the last day and we don't care how". When asked by the media persons about fielding the best possible playing XI and his team's overseas record, Kohli retaliated and told the reporter if he could tell him what was the best XI which he should have fielded. So, I certainly don't bend towards that opinion at all.

On being asked if he though he made the best use of his resources, he said, "When something does not work, obviously it's going to be spoken against". We are pretty used to that. "If it is just dominated by seam or spin, then I think the wickets are excessive". The 21-year-old debutant emerged as a bowling hero, finishing with a six-for overshadowing the efforts of more accomplished players in the South African line-up, particularly Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.

"A lot was spoken about Bhuvi but (Mohd) Shami performed in this game". And then we don't sit back and think "Oh we could have done that or we should have done that".

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