India lost the first test match of three match series against South Africa. It was a poor performance from the Indian batsmen while chasing a small target of 208 runs. India got the best opportunity to win the first test and give the hosts some pressure but the visitors struggled against the Quality SA bowlers.
South African pacer Vernon Philander took career best of 6 for 42. After the match he said they had planned to keep India skipper Virat Kohli quiet and it was done successfully by the hosts. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli failed in both the innings and he was completely struggling against the SA bowlers in a pace and bouncy pitch.
It was the plan
“Virat is a quality player, and the key thing is to keep him quiet, and make sure that we set him up with the other one. I always knew I had the one coming back!” said Philander
“It was probably two-and-a-half overs of away-swingers and then the one back at him (Kohli). It was definitely a plan to keep him quiet, and also to drag him across to make sure that when you do bowl the other one, he is on the other side of the off-stump.”
Did you tell anything to Kohli after dismissal ?
“Nah, I never said anything to him. It was just obviously on the spur of the moment I just tried to spur my boys on, and that’s what we tend to focus on”
“We knew that Virat was a big wicket to get, and getting him right there and then, I just strived to (enjoy it with) my boys.”