India vs South Africa: Aiden Markram Says Virat Kohli's Desperation To Win Is "Massive"

Updated: 17 February 2018 13:46 IST

Aiden Markram had no hesitation in admitting that Virat Kohli was the massive difference between both the sides.

India vs South Africa: Aiden Markram Says Virat Kohli
Aiden Markram praised Virat Kohli after his team's series loss to India. © BCCI

The desperation to single-handedly take his team over the line, condemning himself for mistakes are some of the aspects of Virat Kohli's leadership that South African captain Aiden Markram wants to inculcate after witnessing the Indian skipper maul his side into submission during their 1-5 ODI series defeat. Kohli finished the series with a staggering 558 runs, which included three hundreds and a half-century.

"Kohli's desperation to win games for his side is massive. And that's why he condemns himself (on mistakes) like he does. It's all from a competitive point of view and it's nothing malicious. That desperation shows when he bats - he doesn't just gets his side close to the line, he gets them over it," Markram said during the media interaction.

"So there are a lot of things I can learn from him (Kohli). There are a lot of things I can learn from their team as a whole, and from us as a whole. I am taking little pieces from here and there, the young," Proteas captain said.

He had no hesitation in admitting that Kohli was the massive difference between both the sides.

"He made a massive difference. He is obviously in incredible touch and showing it. His hunger for runs and desperation to finish games is up there with the very best, and that's why he is one of the best players in the world. He has been one of the differences and their spinners have also played a massive role. But he s had a great series and credit must be given where it is due," said Markram.

Asked if he is embarrassed with the margin of series defeat, Markram felt that the choice of word was too harsh.

"Embarrassed is quite a harsh word (in terms of series result). Obviously, we were not up to the standard we would have liked to be. We are really disappointed as a squad. I would't want to say we re embarrassed.

"We put a lot of hard work in behind the scenes and we do give our absolute best. We fight for the player next to us and that s a crucial thing. Results-wise it could look embarrassing so I understand the question, but we re more disappointed than anything else," he added.

But he was quick to point out that they had always felt that the ODI series would be tough against a world-class Indian side.

"It was always going to be tough. It was something I was looking forward to and a challenge that I enjoy. I can still say that sitting here having lost a series 5-1, it was a responsibility that I enjoy. I learnt a lot and at this stage of my career and that s not a bad thing.

"Going forward, I am going to take the lessons I did learn. The experience of dealing with other pressures will help me grow as a player."

The skipper also admitted that his own form had been patchy in the series with only 127 runs in six games.

"As an individual, I set high standards for myself, and not having done well, this series there was that form of pressure as well. So there are various forms of pressure - captaincy is just one of them. But like I mentioned, it is a pressure I enjoy and I would like to enjoy it more in the future," he added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Topics : India Cricket Team South Africa Cricket Team Aiden Markram Virat Kohli South Africa vs India 2018 Cricket
Highlights
  • Markram applauded Kohli's leadership style
  • Markram failed to fire with the bat in the ODI series
  • India won the 6-match ODI series 5-1
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