South African skipper Faf du Plessis believes Team India is too much depended on their talismanic batsman Virat Kohli, who most of the times score runs but whenever he gets fail with the bat, no other batsmen pull their sleeves up.
India lost the Test series against South Africa despite a masterclass century by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who scored almost 50 percent runs of the team total in front of South Africa’s 335. However, when he failed to perform with the bat in the second innings, Indian batting collapsed to 153.
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After a comprehensive victory, Du Plessis feels India is too much depending on Kohli. “India are too reliant on Kohli to score runs,” he said.
“Everyone has chipped in (from South Africa’s perspective). AB de Villiers has scored runs, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, I’ve scored runs. Everyone has chipped in. We feel as an opposition that India is very reliant on Virat to score runs. So that’s the difference.”
South Africa won the second Test at Centurion by 153 runs and seal the series with one Test is yet to be played in Johannesburg. If hosts complete a whitewash in the series, they will reach inches closer the number one rankings in the Test cricket, which they gave to India during their last series in 2015.
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However, if India needs to retain some pride and their position in the ranking charts, they have to shrug off being too much reliance on Kohli’s form.