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AFP
September 15, 2019

No mercies as dominant India take on SA

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AFP
September 15, 2019

DHARAMSALA, India: India will be ruthless when they take on a new-look South Africa in their den, skipper Virat Kohli warned Saturday as the two sides squared up for the first T20 in Dharamsala.

Fresh from a dominating show against the West Indies in the Caribbean, India are playing their first home series after the World Cup in England earlier this year.

“We want to win every game, whether it’s home or away, any format — we just want to go out there, play our best cricket and win,” Kohli said at the pre-match news conference in the Himalayan city.

The South African side is looking to regroup after a disastrous World Cup where they were knocked out in the league stage.

The two teams will lock horns in a three-Test series following three T20 Internationals.

Kohli, 30, also had to take a barrage of questions on the future of senior batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has been left out of the T20 squad.

Rishabh Pant was picked instead with the selectors looking to groom him as first-choice wicketkeeper.

Kohli had himself triggered fresh rumours on Dhoni’s future on Thursday by tweeting a photo of them which many on social media interpreted as a tribute to the senior player.

But on Saturday Kohli said he had uploaded the photo casually and denied any hidden meaning.

“I had nothing on my mind. I was sitting at home and I normally put out a photograph and it became a news item,” Kohli said.

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