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Virat Kohli on Pujara and Rahane’s future: ‘You probably have to speak to selectors’

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Virat Kohli on Pujara and Rahane’s future: ‘You probably have to speak to selectors’

A crestfallen India captain Virat Kohli’s defence of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane lacked conviction as he put the ball on choice committee’s courtroom almost about the way forward for the 2 out-of-form senior batters.
Pujara and Rahane failed in 5 out of six knocks and haven’t made any tangible contribution all year long, save a knock right here and there, and after the shock 1-2 collection defeat in opposition to South Africa, it appears to be throughout for the veterans of 95 and 82 video games respectively.
“I cannot sit here and talk about what’s gonna happen in the future. That’s not for me to sit here and discuss. You probably have to speak to the selectors, what they have in mind. This is not my job,” a jaded Kohli mentioned when requested what message is being given to youthful gamers ready within the wings to switch Rahane and Pujara.
With Pujara and Rahane being his log-time teammates — the previous in actual fact made his Test debut earlier than him — it was troublesome for Kohli to stroll down the treacherous slope the place he needed to admit that these two at the moment are previous their promote by date.
Indian gamers attraction for a wicket in the course of the fourth day of the third and closing check match between South Africa and India in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)
“As I have said before, I will say again, we will continue to back Cheteshwar and Ajinkya because of the kind of players they are, what they have done in Test cricket for India over the years, playing crucial knock in the second innings (in Johannesburg) as well. These are kind of performances we recognise as a team,” the skipper mentioned however, not like different instances when Kohli forcefully drove dwelling a degree, right here the phrases appeared like mere afterthought.
And then it got here with a rider.
“What the selectors decide to do, I obviously will not comment sitting here.”
Disappointed however no level harping on ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’
Kohli admitted that not having the ability to beat South Africa in South Africa is disappointing however he has by no means believed in ‘what if’ ideas.
“We are certainly very disappointed as it’s natural part of sport, specially for a team that’s so driven and believe we can win anywhere in the world. Having done that, it’s even more disappointing not to get the result we wanted. That’s part of sport. Accept and move on.”

But when identified that the 2 defeats doesn’t actually replicate the quantity of battle India had put in, Kohli mentioned: “That’s a part of sport. I can’t say what would have occurred if this is able to have occurred or that will have occurred. It’s a incontrovertible fact that we misplaced 1-2, these balls didn’t take edges and didn’t come to slips..
“So ifs and buts have no place in sport as it such a beautiful thing that you play one moment at a time and when that moment passes away there’s no point thinking about it as there are more and more moments that follow and you have to make sure that you stay in present and capitalise on all those moments individually.”

For Kohli, in the event that they have been meant to win, they might have gained it.
“I won’t look back at things that could have gone our way as if it had to go our way, it would have gone our way. I don’t think there’s any point focusing on it anymore.”
Pant’s knock was a top quality one
Rishabh Pant’s hundred saved India within the third Test and the skipper had a particular point out.
“It was a high quality knock. That’s the talent he possesses and we understand the quality he has. He is special talent and can do special things.”
On ODIs, I can speak from participant’s standpoint
Even amidst all the frustration, Kohli didn’t lose his wry sense of humour as he reminded every one that he’s not the ODI captain when requested how will this collection defeat have an effect on the group morale within the upcoming three-match 50-over collection.

“I can talk from a player’s point of view,” Kohli mentioned and it wasn’t obscure what he meant.
“Driven and motivated to perform in ODI series. I don’t think we will take this into ODIs.”