India vs South Africa

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

63-year-old Babulal Bairva from Madhya Pradesh, a retired railway employee, had set himself on fire after Kohli got out for five runs during the first innings of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. Nearly all of the bowlers got wickets and if they bowl the right length, there is enough in the South African wickets to give them value for their effort. "Each individual has been asked to come up with ideas and how they can handle the situation", said a source in the development. Despite the poor numbers outside India, the world knows what he is capable of.

A team boasting the talents of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and let's not forget Virat Kohli folded twice in four days in an embarrassing manner.

The Indian skipper urged people to not panic after the 72-run loss in Newlands.

India's Ravindra Jadeja who was not fit due to a viral infection is likely to be fit for the second Test. India, as a result will have the entire squad fit and available for selection for this Test. If not, we try and shape the team in other ways.

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Having said that, Kohli acknowledged Rahane's importance as a batsman. "He is probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home", affirmed Kohli. "Well, we chose to go on current form". We did that similar thing in the past with Shikhar (Dhawan) as well.

"These things can always be looked at in hindsight - thinking what if or what if not". Despite his current slump in form, Rahane definitely deserves a place in the side. There is no indication if the team will go for an overhaul in Centurion but there seems to be some indication if not an admission. The reason why we were thinking of an Indian win at some point is that the bowlers got 20 wickets and that will continue to be an important criteria over the next two Tests. The new and improved version of Ishant Sharma has a lot more pace, guile and accuracy than before. "In the previous game pace took them out of their comfort zones - this time it will be about the same lines and we must make sure that we have bowlers who can do that". They must have got the feel of the atmosphere and wickets by now.

But Kohli said disrupting the bowling unit for batting troubles would be unwise and instead called on his batsmen to take up additional responsibilities of adding those 80 extra runs. Exhorting his batsmen to deliver in challenging conditions, he expressed hope that they will put in an improved performance. "There are two ways of taking it - you can take it personally and fade away, or you can take it on board and make a play", he said. "It is up to the team and the think tank". Meanwhile, Team India's physio Patrick Farhat also appeared on the field. So, can they be dropped now after failing in one Test in which the best of batsmen on both sides could not get going?

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