Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Kohli said: "Everyone has been spoken to individually as to what went wrong, what happened and why it happened. Any time that you step on to the field, it is an opportunity to correct your mistakes and that is how you progress at the worldwide level". Sri Lanka had already lost the series 2-0 and, to rub their noses in it, South Africa chose to field four quicks - Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell, and Duanne Olivier on debut - and blasted Sri Lanka out for under 200 both times, to win by an innings and 118 runs. "There is no dead-rubber game for us, we will prepare as well as we can over the next two days to make sure we are ready come Wednesday". "We are not here to complain, we have taken 20 wickets".
"It is a chance for everyone to step up and change things for us and be the difference". For the visiting team India, the real version of the fabled "city of gold", presents a chance to fight off the mythical demon-like South African pacers that have harried the golden Indian batting stars, turning them into fool's gold.
"For him, he's built this aura and for him maybe to find a level where he can connect with all his players, to get to a level where can get the Indian team to be as successful as he is, that's something that he, when I watch him, is grappling with". "As a leader you need to understand the whole environment, talk to the players to try to get the best out of the environment". "We were very well prepared". "They are a team that's under pressure being two-nil down in the series".
Had they squared the series at SuperSport Park‚ they would have had the comfort of playing at one of their favourite venues in the world: The Wanderers. "So when you have choices, the team management has discussed what is the best option and they stick by it they go by it". A challenging person who can go against his opinions inside the dressing room according to Smith will make him a better leader.
While the red-hot pace attack has ceased to disappoint in conditions favouring them, the manner in which the batting has fired has been least expected. "I don't think we felt any lack of preparation", said Kohli. They seemingly have a lot more confidence as they bat with the batsmen choosing to back themselves by taking calculated risks at will. "If we keep doing that we will change that (Wanderers) stat".
"The IPL plays a big part in all of our lives".
Amarnath, who played 85 ODIs and 69 Test matches, expressed concern over the lack of stability in India's selections.