India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was excluded from the playing eleven in Centurion after failing to impress in Cape Town, expressed his discontent with the Test series loss and assured a fightback in the third Test, to be played from January 24 to 28 in Johannesburg.
"Dil bada dukhta hai jab results apni taraf nahi aate.. par haar bardaash karna bhi zaroori hai aur galtiyon se seekh ke tagda ban na bhi zaroori hai. Mehnat poori kari thi matches ke liye aur hamesha fakar hai apni team pe. Agle match ke liye bhi tyaari jaari hain aur poore dum se ladengey. (It hurts when the result doesn't come in our favour. However, it's important to accept the defeat and learn from the mistakes to become stronger. We prepared well for the matches and I always feel proud of my team. Preparations are in full swing and we'll definitely fight back in Johannesburg)," Dhawan wrote on Instagram
South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi claimed six wickets in his debut match as South Africa outclassed India by 135 runs in the second Test at Centurion on Wednesday to win the three-match Test series 2-0, with a match to go.
Failing to perform in the series, which was titled as a ‘litmus test’ for the No.1 Test side, India collapsed in a competitive 287-run target chase. Rohit Sharma remained the highest scorer in the end with 47 runs, while six of India batsmen fell for single-digit scores.
Opener KL Rahul, who replaced Dhawan in Centurion, lost his wickets cheaply for 10 and four runs in successive innings.