Rohit Sharma on India's innings defeat: 'We didn't adapt well'
India captain says he will not be too hard on his inexperienced pacers but, KL Rahul's batting aside, there was not much for his side to take away from this match
India's captain Rohit Sharma believes his side managed a decent enough first-innings total - 245 - in Centurion given the conditions, but then failed to bowl well. However, he said, he wasn't going to be too harsh on his inexperienced bowlers. Prasidh Krishna, making his debut, and Shardul Thakur, in his 11th Test, went for 194 runs between them in 39 overs for just the two wickets. India ended up losing by an innings and 32 runs as South Africa bowled them out for 131 in similar conditions in the second innings.
"We were not good enough to win this Test match," Rohit said at the post-match presentation. "Having been put in to bat, I thought we got decent runs on the board on that track. KL Rahul batted brilliantly to get us that score. But then, you know, we failed to exploit the conditions with the ball. And then again, didn't show up with the bat today as well. Our batting was poor in the second innings. Virat Kohli was brilliant in the end there, but if you want to win Test matches, you've got to come together collectively. We failed to do that."