Rohit Sharma described the team’s defeat as a collective failure, emphasizing the need for improved collective performance after they struggled to match the intensity and adapt to conditions.

In a disappointing defeat against South Africa in the opening Test, Captain Rohit Sharma acknowledged India’s shortcomings, emphasizing the team’s collective failure. Following a struggle by Indian batsmen with a mere 131 runs in the second innings, Rohit highlighted the inability to adapt and capitalize on advantageous situations. Despite KL Rahul’s notable batting effort, the team couldn’t seize opportunities. Rohit stressed the need for a collective effort to win Test matches, lamenting their failure to perform collectively in the challenging encounter.

“We were not good enough to win. Having been put into bat, KL batted well to get us that score but then we didn’t exploit the conditions with the ball and then again didn’t show up today with the bat. If we have to win Test matches, we have to come together collectively and we didn’t do that,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation.

“Guys have come here before, we know what to expect and everyone has their own plan. Our batters were challenged and we didn’t adapt well. This is a boundary-scoring ground, we saw them score many but we need to understand the opposition and their strengths as well. We didn’t bat well in both innings, that’s why we stand here. Not too many positives to finish the game within 3 days, but KL showed what we need to do on this sort of pitch,” he added.

Rohit also supported his inexperienced bowlers, acknowledging their first-time experience in South Africa. Stressing the need to rebound, he urged the team to embrace these challenging moments, emphasizing readiness for the upcoming Test.

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Last Updated on December 29, 2023

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