- Proteas captain Faf
du Plessis believes that India have relied too heavily
on Virat Kohli on
their South African tour.
The Indian captain failed twice
in the first Test at Newlands, but he was majestic at Centurion where he carded
a near-faultless 153 in the first dig.
That knock was worth almost
exactly half of India's runs in the first innings and Kohli had single-handedly
kept the series alive for his side.
Chasing 287 to win the match,
India desperately wanted Kohli to produce the goods again. It was not to be,
though, and he made just 5 before man-of-the-match Lungi Ngidi dismissed him LBW.
Nobody else could stand up for
the Indians, and Du Plessis believes that has been one of the major differences
between the sides.
"Everyone has chipped
in," Du Plessis said of his charges.
"We feel as an opposition
that India is very reliant on Virat to score runs. So that’s the difference.
"AB (De Villiers) has scored
runs, Dean (Elgar), Aiden (Markram), I’ve scored runs. Everyone has chipped
Kohli, though, disagreed.
"I don’t think so," he
said when asked if the side depends on him too much.
"There are 11 guys in the
field. I try to do my best and so does everyone else. I certainly don’t think
like that and no one in the change room thinks like that.
"Anyone can have a day where
they can bat through the innings but that doesn’t mean that we are too dependent
on that particular player.
"Everyone has contributed
for the team at different times – you can’t win games of cricket with one or
Kohli said the most frustrating
part of the tour had been his side's inability to string together all three disciplines
at the same time.
"It hasn’t come together at
one time which obviously South Africa has done and that’s how you win Test
matches," he said.
"That’s the most hurtful
thing that both skills are not coming together at the right time, including
fielding. They were far superior than us in the field. All three things have to
come together well in tough situations to be able to win Test matches and
series, and we have failed to do that."
Du Plessis also felt his side had
won the battle of the seam bowlers.
"I suppose we’ve got more
pace, which helps," he said.
"They have one or two
(quick) guys, where we have three plus Vernon who offers all that control.
"So I feel the difference is
we don’t rely on just one guy - as a team we’ve been better."
The third and final Test takes
place at the Wanderers from January 24.