Captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday told India would try out new players and test their temperament in the continuing series next South Africa.
Kohli, who cracked an unbeaten 72 to lead India to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the 2nd T20 International here on Wednesday, trusted his bowlers for restricting the visitors to a modest 149 for 5.
“Bowlers conferred a lot of character. The pitch was perfect, and they (South Africa) received off to a good start,
so it was an excellent effort from the bowler to pull the game back from us,” he said at the post-match press conference.
“That’s what we see at, India try players temperament new people and see who stands up under stress,” he added.
Asked about the mantra after his consistency, Kohli said: “It’s the badge in front of my shirt. It’s a bunch to play for my country, so whatever it needs to get over the line, I will prepare. Get the team across the line anyhow. If you need to make your team win, you’ll win away.”
South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock told Indian bowlers’ best display in the end overs didn’t help their situation.
“I think we went off to a good start. Towards the end bowled pretty well, they knew the conditions a lot faster than we did,” he said.
Asked about the fulfilment of the three debutants — Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje and Temba Bavuma — of his side, de Kock said: “There was a lot of stress getting in for some of the new guys, and I believed they performed well. We didn’t prepare a winning start, but I felt they held their spirit very well.
“Unfortunately when there was pace on the ball it looked like it was easier to bat on, so it was about taking the pace off. But then they batted well.”