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No running away from our batting collapses, says India skipper Virat Kohli

There is “no running away” from India’s batting collapses every now and then, captain Virat Kohli said on Friday after his team squandered a 1-0 lead and a golden opportunity to script a maiden Test series win in South Africa.

Besides the batters’ failures, Kohli listed inconsistency, lack of application, lapses in concentration and their inability to seize the crunch moments as reasons for the team’s loss in the three-match rubber. The hosts prevailed 2-1.

“The batting has to be looked into, no running away from that. Having collapses every now and then not a good thing,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after South Africa emerged winners by seven wickets in the series-deciding third Test in Cape Town.

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“No excuses there. It’s really disappointing for sure. We know how far we’ve come as a team. That people expect us to beat South Africa in South Africa is testimony to how far we’ve come. We haven’t done it, that’s the reality, accept it and come back as better cricketers.”

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