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Former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Ajit Wadekar are not at all surprised with the current team's surrender in South Africa as they feel Virat Kohli's men went into the series without serious preparation and "wasted time" playing against Sri Lanka.

A furious India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday lost his cool and hit back at the reporters during a post-match conference after a 135-run defeat against South Africa in the second Test at Centurion, his first reverse as full-time skipper. But even in Cape Town, where the first Test technically ended in three days, no one said anything against nature of the wicket. Why? At the end of the play on Tuesday Indian seam bowler Mohammed Shami said in Hindi: "I don't know what they were thinking, preparing this wicket for us".

"It was massive for us and I think it was massive for India, knowing Kohli's not batting", South Africa opener Dean Elgar had said.

Kohli, who stroked a fighting 153 in India's first innings, said his side erred in reading the Centurion wicket properly. It was tough for me because I thought I was doing all the right things but the results just weren't going my way. As I said, we have had equal opportunities to win in both games, and that's the positive we can take out of it, but I'm not sitting here comforting my guys. "I'm here to answer your questions, not to fight with you", he countered.




India had not anticipated the kind of pitch they got here at SuperSport Park, conditions with which they are very familiar. In what turned out to be a dream debut for the 21 year old, Ngidi picked up 7 wickets in the game, 6 of which came in the second innings. When new guys come into the team, from my side it's important to make sure they feel like they belong, but then for them to perform means they have good heads on their shoulders and don't see the occasion as too big.

"Does it matter? Wherever we play we try to do our best". Can Test matches just be won on intent, words and aggression without objective. He remarked that this is the ideal scenario for the team to see how good are the players who have been out of action from the first two Tests. If you don't believe you can win coming here, there is no point coming here.

"It's an wonderful opportunity - not a lot of South African teams have had it", he said. The conditions weren't the conditions we would have liked but the conditions were there and we still need to win. And to be fair to Kohli, on any other day of the Test, 57 for 2 in a session would have been a great result. How many have we won?

Playing on his home ground, where he represents the Titans, Ngidi was cheered by the crowd throughout this game, in particular when he dismissed Kohli. Although, given the way that Rabada and Ngidi bowled at Centurion, perhaps it will not be long before we are speaking of South Africans blackwashing opposition.

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