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Faf: India rely far too heavily on Virat

Faf: India rely far too heavily on Virat

Apart from Virat Kohli's 153 in the first innings of the Centurion Test, India's specialist batsmen haven't scored a single fifty in this series.

When asked if the hosts would look to force that result as payback for the 2015 series in India, de Villiers jokingly replied, "I can't remember what happened in 2015".

Ngidi's celebration when he had Mohammed Shami caught by Morne Morkel told its own story. Sharma has a batting average of 25.35 in away games compared to 85.44 for tests played at home venues. So his defensive skills are letting him down.

"Again as usual Virat Kohli was the key (for) batting in the first innings and when he bats pitch looks easy". Considering the touch he was in, the team management preferred him over Rahane.

"I'd favour being ruthless", said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis when asked if the dead rubber next week at the Wanderers would present an opportunity to rest some of his players ahead of a four-test series against Australia in March. If you have that, for me it is a good wicket. "Especially after SA lost wickets in the first innings, we should have capitalised", the Indian skipper said.

India are the top-ranked side in test cricket according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win.

Jones, however, has a different take on the touchy topic. The game was finished in three days, one was a washout. But why should you only rely on that? It's not something I'm used to, so every time it really does hit me.

"Dealing with the bouncing ball and so on". "We feel, as the opposition, that India are very reliant on Virat to score runs". "Beating them in South Africa is quite satisfying for us". "The previous one was more of a sense of excitement and the best one to watch, but I take a lot of pleasure out of winning games like this, where the team needs a lot of heart and a lot of character and a lot of fight to make sure we get across the line".

Journalist: You talk about the team not coming together well, maybe that has been because of the changing of the selection.

South Africa made the first breakthrough just 18 minutes into the day, when Cheteshwar Pujara, always likely to be a key wicket, given his ability to occupy the crease for lengthy periods, was run out attempting a third run. However, it continued a trend of series losses outside Asia.

Kohli expected more from his team and hopes for better in the next test, in Johannesburg next week. South Africa is a hard place to win in. Ngidi's two-wicket burst late on Day 4 included the big wicket of Kohli, who was out lbw for 4. England tour is going to be interesting. You never get up feeling a hundred percent.

"And you got bowlers now who can bowl over 140 kmph and swing the ball. The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "They have had just one bad tour", opined Jones.

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