As much as dead rubbers are no longer a thing in the World Test Championship, with 40 points up for grabs for the victor of the third Test, it can't be easy for a team in South Africa's position to try to play with the expected level of intensity, and to continue to enjoy their cricket.
"It's in actuality major that you simply prepare as noteworthy as it is advisable to per chance well perhaps and carry out it as refined as imaginable", Faf du Plessis stated. But we are trying to be positive.
Before India, Australia held the record for registering the maximum number of consecutive series wins at home. After 2008, the Pune Test was the first time when South Africa faced the follow-on in a Test match. "So, we're not going to take our foot off the gas in the third Test", Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Du Plessis furthermore requested his batsmen to learn from their Indian counterparts and place up a noteworthy-improved expose in the very finest Test. I've learned a lot from this and the other players I'm sure, have learned from it as well. In such a situation, reverse swing and spin will be an important factor in this test match. The last Test of the series in Nagpur ended in a draw. There's a lot of good players that get a lot of fifties and there's a lot of chat about you - Joe Root getting fifties [and not converting them] and stuff like that.
"When I get to fifty, I want to get a hundred".
"We understand in sport that emotions run high and sometimes the frustration gets the better of you as it did for me, but like I said, it's no excuse", he said in a statement.
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"How can the batsman be hungry for big runs?"
The visitors suffered a humiliating defeat in Pune as they were out batted, out fielded and out bowled by the Indians. Du Plessis suggested he might send someone else out for the toss to try and change his team's luck. Barring the series losses in South Africa and England, the Indian team has played according to its number one stature and has dominated the opposition in nearly all aspects of the game in the recent years when it comes to red-ball cricket.
"No one is going to relax at any stage, we are going to go for a result in the third Test and hopefully make it 3-0, that's a guarantee", he said.
"If you accumulate runs in the first innings one thing from there is possible".
"Hope we score a lot of runs". De Kock, apart from playing all over Ravichandran Ashwin in the first innings, played a needless shot in the second.