Did India lose the plot in the middle session?

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India's phobia of certain conditions - seam, swing, bounce, pace - is so complete that in 24 Tests in Australia, England, South Africa in New Zealand, since the start of 2011, they have won only 1, losing 17 times.

Du Plessis' comments come after South Africa claimed an unassailable 2-0 series lead over India after crushing them by 135 runs in the second Test in Centurion. Pujara had turned blind, and his bat was on the line when Quinton de Kock whipped the bails off. Pujara thus became the very first Indian batsman to be run out twice in the same Test, and the first overall since Stephen Fleming in 2000. In fact, they have won only 2 Tests in the nation so far - one each in 2006-07 and 2010-11.

"We can blame the groundsman but we also have to blame ourselves", said Du Plessis. "The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Kohli: But if we had won this, was this the best XI?

"What is the best 11?" snapped Kohli when asked if India played the best combination in "sub-continental" conditions at Centurion. I thought we did that brilliantly, there were times where India put us under pressure, and every single time we responded with huge character. "So finally getting that really did mean a lot to me", Ngidi said after winning the Man-of-the-Match award for taking 7 wickets for 90 runs in this second Test. "I'm here to answer your questions, not to fight with you", he countered.

"It did not look like the Centurion pitch I know and that is a concern to be honest".

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It is safe to say that whenever Kohli flops, India fail too. The result of this match was hardly in doubt ahead of the fifth day, but the home side got a little something extra.

"We made a process where we make sure CSA has someone that looks after the groundsmen to get the right kind of pitches when we play against teams". Cheteshwar Pujara, supposedly the Test specialist in the side, was run out in both the innings. That is why we have got such a big squad. His aggression was reserved for the opposition and India overcame a tough Aussie unit to register another series win - at home.

When asked how many of those wins came in India, Kohli was not amused.

The Indian team's demeanour towards media personnel on this South African tour has been a departure from set protocol.

Pandya's dismissal was termed "unforgivable" by batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, and rightly so, with the callous manner and circumstances of his dismissal not going down well with Team India. The South Africans got the upper hand from there on, with Vijay falling at a point when Rahul and he froze for close to four overs. And with the tantalising prospect of clean-sweeping the world's No. 1 team in sight, he said he was likely to go in with the strongest possible XI, rather than looking to give opportunities to players who hadn't yet played a game.

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