SA vs IND: ‘Quite obvious where we went wrong, our shot selection has been poor’ says KL Rahul;
SA vs IND: KL Rahul, India’s stand-in captain, said on Sunday that all-rounder Deepak Chahar gave his team a chance to win the match, but that it was unfortunate not to come out on top.
Virat Kohli’s (65), Shikhar Dhawan’s (61), and Deepak Chahar’s (54) half-centuries were in vain as India lost the third and final One-Day International to South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. The Proteas now have a 3-0 lead in the ODI series.
“Deepak Chahar gave us a real chance of winning the game. Quite an exciting game, just disappointed we ended up on the losing side. We gave ourselves a real chance, something we can learn from and get better. Quite obvious where we’ve gone wrong. No shying away from it,” said Rahul at the post-match presentation.
“At times our shot selection has been poor. Even with the ball, we haven’t been hitting the right areas consistently. Have played well in patches but haven’t built pressure over a long period. Can’t fault the boys for their passion and effort. In terms of skill and understanding the situation – sometimes we’ve gone wrong. But it happens – we’ve got some new guys in the team. In the one-day series at times we’ve kept doing the same mistakes. It’s early in our journey to the World Cup. We can go back, have some hard conversations,” he added.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen scored 124 and 52 runs, respectively, as South Africa amassed 287 runs. Prasidh Krishna returned with three wickets for India.
India had also lost the Test series 1-2 to South Africa. Virat Kohli opted to resign down as Test captain after that.
“Have had a great time in SA. Have been looked after really well. We’ve shown a lot of fight,” said Rahul.
India will next lock horns West Indies in three ODIs and three T20Is.
(With ANI Inputs)