Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan hit half-centuries as South Africa lose ODI series

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Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan hit half-centuries as South Africa lose ODI series

Half-centuries by Virat Kohli 65, Shikhar Dhawan 61 and Deepak Chahar 54 went in vain as India suffered a heartbreaking four-run loss against South Africa in the third and final ODI at Newlands, Cape Town. The Proteas won the ODI series 3 -- 0.

I do not think it is easy to be captain of South Africa. There are many dynamics that you need to manage, and for me it is important to keep cricket the main thing of focus among the guys. It has been a challenging time for the team, particularly members of the management team. There has been a lot of scrutiny around the team. For me it has been the biggest challenge to manage the conversations that happen within the changing room, and to make sure that is the biggest challenge, said Bavuma at a virtual press conference.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen played knocks of 124 and 52 as South Africa posted 287 runs on the board. Prasidh Krishna returned three wickets for India.

I enjoy captaincy and that has its benefits, it has shown me my own performances. Captaincy involves a lot of thinking and with that thinking your own performance also improves. I am always trying to assess the situations and how to counter those situations, said Bavuma.

As a player, this ODI series against India wins a lot. It makes it a lot better, knowing I contributed significantly to the winning cause and knowing I contributed significantly to the winning cause. A lot of people speak a lot about India, to beat India convincingly. He said that things were still early in my career from the leadership point of view and I will try to not get ahead of myself.