India captain Virat Kohli says the team's batting line-up “must be looked into” for Tests away from home as he pinned the blame for the team's 2-1 series defeat in SA on their inability to cope in the unfamiliar conditions.
SA completed a seven-wicket victory in the third and final Test at Newlands on Friday to take the series win, having come into the contest against number one ranked India as underdogs given their relative level of inexperience.
Only Kohli averaged above 40 with the bat among the India players who featured in more than one Test, and while the seaming, bouncy wickets were challenging, the captain believes his side could have showed better application.
“One of the challenges we have faced touring abroad is to make sure we capitalise on the momentum when it is on our side. When we do that we have won tests, but when we haven’t it has cost us the match,” Kohli said.
“It [the reason for the series defeat] is batting, we can't pinpoint any other aspect of our game as a team. The batting has to be looked into, there is no running away from that.
“Having collapses every now and then is not a good thing and we need to analyse and correct that moving forward.”