Key thing was to keep Virat quiet, says Philander

Key thing was to keep Virat quiet, says Philander

You look at their records, it's like chalk and cheese when they go away and when they are in India. KL Rahul was standing next to Cheteshwar Pujara in the slip cordon. "It's not just about form, it's also about where people score runs". It now remains to be seen whether, the Indians will ring in changes when the second Test gets underway January 13, at the Centurion.

"But let's not panic too much. I think it was great for Test cricket and there was a result in four days despite losing a day's play".

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed his displeasure at current captain Virat Kohli for depending on home form to pick his playing eleven on the South Africa tour.

It remains to be seen if how numerous three - Rahul, Rahane and Ishant - come into contention after the disappointing loss at Newlands.

Rohit Sharma looks out of his depth away from home and he is certainly not a Test No 5, but perhaps dropping him down one spot and calling in Ajinkya Rahane is a direction India could go. He may have collected the majority of his Test runs outside India, but the bulk of them have been in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - hardly benchmarks for Test quality at the moment.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was surprised by seeing "brown grass" on the wicket in Centurion, but Kohli backed his team to adequately cope with the conditions. These inadequacies in nearly every department of the game stood grossly exposed when Virat Kohli and his boys tried to do the unthinkable - taking the game into the South African camp in Cape Town.

He was appreciative of the Indian pacemen, who, he said, could seam as well as swing the ball, and acknowledged he did not expect Bumrah to play.

According to a report in a leading daily, India opener KL Rahul in all certainty will replace Shikhar Dhawan and will partner Murali Vijay. The 45-year-old who had scored four 50+ scores at the Wanderers and a century in Leeds cricket ground said, "I have played on similar sorts of pitches in the past, at Headingley or the Wanderers, and though India finished on the winning side then, the bowlers were always in the game". Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions.

Kohli justified picking Dhawan and Rohit, who have forged one of the most successful opening partnerships in one-day internationals, with an uncomplicated explanation: they were both scoring heavily in recent times. "Getting them out for 208 felt chaseable, felt very realistic, but again we needed someone to go out there and get 75 or 80 and not 20-25-30 runs", he said.

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