"But we chose to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion", added Kohli.
The conditions on the 4th day did not help the batsmen in any way. "I'm a very fast bowling-minded coach and I guess we'll always have to find a balance with whether or not we can get four fast bowlers in the team, first of all", Gibson stated. The 32-year-old seamer credited his skipper Faf du Plessis for the tactics of having Quinton de Kock standing up to the stumps to get rid of Ashwin.
After the match ended in a 72-run loss for the visitors, bolstered by his bowlers' show, Gibson threw down a further gauntlet - South Africa are set to continue with pace battering India in the next two Tests at Centurion and Johannesburg.
In contrast, the Karnataka batsman has been in good touch and with both the openers failing in the first Test, Rahul is likely to pad up along with Vijay for the second Test at Centurion, starting Saturday. What impressed me most today was he wanted to bowl more overs. It doesn't mean that if you are playing six batters, you can afford to go out and play loose shots. Defending 208, there is no better place to play with crowd cheering us on and the momentum carrying you in. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face bowling spells which are going to be hard. "We're not a team which thinks of what-ifs though", he said. Just before that last over I bowled, "Faffie" was going to bowl Morne, and I said to him, "Listen, I'm actually warm now, so just give me one more".
Shikhar Dhawan was found waiting while facing the short stuff from South Africa. Gianluigi Guercia AFP
"India will play five bowlers because the problem is not with your fifth bowler batting option". "Especially when you are playing away from home, you need those 60-70-80 extra runs compared to back home because there your bowlers will be stronger", he said. That being said, Rahane has better numbers than Rohit Sharma in South Africa: his 51* and 96 at Durban had come in the face of adversity; in the same match, Rohit had scores of 0 and 25. "But we chose to go with this combination, and current form was definitely the criteria".
Ganguly further went on to praise allrounder Hardik Pandya, who scored 93 runs in the first innings and nearly saved India from a disaster. He's probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home.
On how to go about winning the Test itself, Kohli said it came down to breaking it down in parts and staying in the moment. "Here's a peek into the willow work that went in the build-up to the Test at Centurion #TeamIndia #SAvIND", Indian cricket team captioned the video it posted on Facebook on Friday.
"You know that usually the wicket over here is bouncy but as soon as you play the first match, you see it's a flat wicket and then you have to adapt accordingly".
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