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Don’t play to make headlines, says Kohli after historic series win in South Africa

[caption id="attachment_63143" align="alignnone" width="580"]RON_6618 Indian captain Virat Kohli powered his team to an emphatic 5-1 series win against South Africa at Super Sport Park on Friday. Image Source: BCCI[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Centurion: Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his bitter-sweet relationship with the national media as he took a dig at them following the emphatic 5-1 rout of Proteas at Super Sport Park on Friday. Kohli was criticised by a section of the media after his side trailed 0-2 in the test series against the home team. Few of his selections were questioned apart from his tactics.

“It is something you people can tell because till a month back we were a very bad team. Whether this is the biggest win or not, whoever is going to analyse and write, he will. For us as a team, there is only one motive – give 120% effort, work hard in practice and on every day of the tour keep our mindset good and keep our preparation at a level where we can win. And that is what we have achieved in this series and we are very happy about it. Our job is not (to) get any tags or create headlines, our job is to play cricket and that is what we have done perfectly in this series,” said Kohli at the post match conference here.

The Indian captain indirectly blamed the media for not staying behind his team after they lost the first two test matches in Cape Town and Centurion.

“I know for a fact that 90% of the people did not give us a chance after the two Tests. I was sitting in the same room giving a press conference. So we understand where we have come from. I am not going to live in a dreamland right now and accept all the praise and sit here and feel good about this, because it does not matter to me, honestly it doesn’t. It didn’t matter when we were 2-0 down and it doesn’t matter when we are 5-1 up because what matters is the change room,” said the satisfied looking Indian captain.

Kohli once again made it clear that he is only concerned about the team management, what they think about him.

“What management thinks about me, what I think about the players, what the players think about me. These things do not matter. The headlines change day in and day out. Tomorrow if I play a bad shot, everyone will conveniently do what they want to do. So as I said it is not my job to say anything about what I do. If I make a mistake, I will come here and accept it. I have never been one to give excuses. I am never one to come here and praise myself. I can never do that. This is a job for me, I am not doing anyone a favour. I am representing my country. It is an honour for me. I am stepping out to do my job.”

Acknowledging that there are areas that need improvement, the Indian captain refused to get into the details, saying it is for him and the team management to decide.

“I don’t want to disclose it, don’t want to discuss it publicly. It is a very personal thing about the team and I don’t want to say it in a press conference,” signed off Kohli.

 

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