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No need to prove anything to anyone, says Virat Kohli; confirms availability for series decider in South Africa

As India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed his availability for the third and final Test of the South Africa series in Cape Town from January 11, 2022, he said he need not prove anything to anyone at this point in his career. Photo: ICC
As India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed his availability for the third and final Test of the South Africa series in Cape Town from January 11, 2022, he said he need not prove anything to anyone at this point in his career. Photo: ICC

Cape Town, Jan 10 (MNN) As India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed his availability for the third and final Test of the South Africa series here from Tuesday, he said he need not prove anything to anyone at this point in his career.

“It’s not the first time that my form has been in discussion. England 2014 is one of those phases,” Kohli told the media on the eve of the start of the final Test.

“I don’t look at myself from the lenses that the outside world looks at me. In sport, sometimes, things don’t go as you want but as a batter, I have been involved in important partnerships when the team needs me. I am in a position where people will judge me but I don’t look at myself like that.”

Kohli is playing his 99th Test match in Cape Town, after missing the second Test in Johannesburg with an upper back spasm.

As he returned to lead the side in the series decider, the visitors are looking to make history.

India have never won a Test series in South Africa, but have a chance to do so this time around, with the series levelled at 1-1.

Kohli’s form has been a topic of discussion for a while now as the skipper has gone more than two years without an international hundred.

Kohli had put on a half-century stand with KL Rahul in the first innings in Centurion after walking in to face a hat-trick ball.

There was less clarity on who Kohli will replace in the XI, but the skipper revealed that there’s likely at least one change in the bowling attack for India with Mohammed Siraj still recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained at The Wanderers.

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