Team India ready to try out new players in South Africa series, says Virat Kohli
India were off to a flying start in the three-match T20I series against South Africa as the Men in Blue defeated the Proteas by seven wickets at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. With the thumping win in the 2nd T20I, India will now shift their focus to the third and final T20I match of the series scheduled to be played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday (September 22). As per Indian skipper Virat Kohli, India will be looking to try out fresh faces in the ongoing series against South Africa to check how they handle situations when under pressure.
"That's exactly what we're looking at, try out new people and see who stands up under pressure," Kohli said at the post-match press conference.
It was a Kohli masterclass which saw the Men in Blue take a 1-0 lead in the series. The Indian skipper looked at his brilliant best as he hammered an unbeaten 72 off 52 balls to help India chase down the 150-run target with relative ease. Kohli smashed four boundaries and three sixes en route to his 22nd 50-plus score in T20Is.
He lauded the Indian bowlers for holding their nerves after South Africa got off to a good start. Kohli said the character shown by the bowlers helped India get back into the game after visitors made full use of the powerplay.
"Bowlers showed a lot of character. The pitch was very good and they (South Africa) got off to a good start so it was an outstanding effort from the bowler to pull the game back from us," said Kohli.
Even South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock lavished high praise on the Indian bowling unit. The southpaw lauded the effort given by the Indian bowlers during death overs to pull things back for the Men in Blue. The wicketkeeper-batsman stated that the Indian bowlers read the conditions a lot quicker than they did.
"I think we got off to a good start. Towards the end they bowled pretty well, they understood the conditions a lot quicker than we did," he said.
South Africa and India will next be seen in action when the two teams take to the field at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.