Kohli: We never complain about the surface

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India captain Virat Kohli hit back at everyone criticising the surfaces after his team completed a series win against South Africa with a game to spare after winning the third Test in Nagpur on Friday.

The pitches for the first and third Tests, the second game was rained out, has come in for harsh assessments after it took turn from the first day.

The India skipper reiterated a point he made earlier in the series when he said the Asian side never complained about pitch conditions when they play away from home.

Kohli said after the game: "It is not a policy [to play on such pitches], it is the conditions that you get in India. Otherwise you will just play Test matches which will get you 500 runs in an innings.

"You don't create bowlers like that, you don't win Test matches like that. The key is to win Test matches. I have said this before, wherever you go to play in the world, you've got to be prepared to face those conditions and tune your game accordingly.

"Today was a classic example of two guys [Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis] applying themselves and showing that it can be done. I don't know why is there so much hype created around the issue.

"There are a lot of people writing a lot of things about the pitch. 'It should not be like this', or 'it is turning too much', people sitting somewhere else and speaking about the pitch in India.

"I think it is just a matter of mindset where people are just giving their opinions and they are free to do so. I don't feel that way, we have never complained when we had challenging conditions and won't complain in the future either."

The fourth and final Test starts in Delhi on 3 December.

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