Virat Kohli and Team India found a strong vote of support and confidence from the former opening batsman Gautam Gambhir, who claimed that it is not the time for the media and the fans to criticize the team but to support them and help them regain their confidence.
Gambhir tweeted his support which read, “Its time to show support for Indian team and not being over-the-top critical. This was the team that had such a fabulous run, two games don’t make them bad. Rather than being severe on our boys.”
Its time to show support for Indian team and not being over-the-top critical. This was the team that had such a fabulous run, two games don’t make them bad. Rather than being severe on our boys, let’s just give credit to d opposition @BCCI. Simple: Well played @OfficialCSA
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 17, 2018
India surrendered against South Africa in the 2nd test match after the debutant Lungi Ngidi who took six for 39 in the 2nd innings and handed India a 135-run defeat. Unsurprisingly Ngidi was named the man of the match and left Virat Kohli and his team with a lot of unanswered questions.
Kohli was rather severe on his team following the defeat and questioned the commitment of his players and if they are putting in 120% every single time they go out to play. Kohli’s anger was justified after Cheteshwar Pujara was run out twice in the match and Hardik Pandya almost gifted his wicket in both the innings as well.
Despite Kohli’s brilliant150+ in the first innings, India gave away a crucial 28-innings lead and from there on, South Africa piled on their lead with skipper Faf Du Plessis and Dean Elgar leading the way.
India have one more test match to salvage their pride where Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, and Umesh Yadav are expected to return to the starting lineup.
If India lose the 3rd test match as well, South Africa can go level with India in terms of points at the top of ICC test team’s rankings. The 3rd and final test match begins on 24th January at Johannesburg.