Skipper Kohli contradicts Shastri on preparation
Johannesburg: India skipper Virat Kohli insisted his team didn't come under prepared for the Test series against South Africa, contradicting coach Ravi Shastri's views that the side should have spent more time preparing.
Shastri had said that Team India should arrive ten days early on overseas tours in order to prepare better after the visitors lost the opening two Tests by 72 runs and 135 runs at Cape Town and Centurion.
"I personally don't feel that we didn't feel prepared starting this series. I won't sit here and point that out after losing a Test series. We had a week to prepare ourselves, five days because one day we were travelling," Kohli said. "So we had that and we went ahead with that. As I said, we are not going to sit and think of outside factors that made us lose. It was our errors, our mistakes of not capitalising on situations that led us to the result being 2-0 so far," "Responsibility isn't just one-sided. I think it's a collective responsibility of every one and those aspects (of preparing early) are and have been a point of consideration for a while," said the skipper.
Kohli said he is learning everyday as a captain and would like to handle the match situations better in future.
"As a captain as well, you want to proudly do better in situations when the game has gone away from you at times. So, I have thought about those things as well how you can still keep the pressure on and not let the game slip away in very quick time," he said.