Virat Kohli would not reveal more about the DRS controversy that rocked the game on day three.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar said the furious Indian lost focus for a while after the incident, which helped his team reduce goals.
“I have nothing to comment on,” Kohli said on Friday. “We understand what’s going on on the pitch, and people off the pitch don’t know the exact details of what’s going on on the pitch.”
The India captain added: “Let me justify what we did on the pitch and say we were carried away… If we were charged and three wickets were chosen, then It will be the moment that changes the game.”
“The reality is that we didn’t put enough pressure on them for longer periods of time throughout the test,” Kohli admitted.
Kohli: From time to time to evade our batting collapse
The India captain was disappointed by the lack of mid-to-low and tail-end contributions – “Everyone knows they didn’t step up. The batting let us down in the last two games when we needed to fix that,” He said.
Regarding the future of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli said: “We support Cheteshwar and Ajinkya because they are such players, what they did in the Test. You saw their partnership in the second Test.”
Kohli explained: “Those are performances that we recognize as a team. What is the idea of the selectors, I don’t know.”
The Indian captain admitted the setback in the series was painful. “Obviously we were disappointed. Especially when we had a chance to beat South Africa. We were a motivated team.”
When asked about Rishabh Pant’s percentage, Kohli said: “Quality knocks considering attack and condition. We understand what he has to offer. He has to learn from mistakes. As a goalkeeper and batsman, He’s a special genius.”