Can not win Tests if you lose wickets in clusters, says Virat Kohli

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar and bowling coach Bharat Arun were part of the support team that assisted the players through the session lasting just under 90 minutes.

Rahul and Rahane both batted in the adjoining nets, alternating between throw-downs and facing throw-downs as well as net bowlers.

Mohammed Shami, after a slow start in the first innings, was also close to his best in the second, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the star with his nagging accuracy and movement off the seam.

There has been a lot of debate over India's team selection in the first Test.

Rahane has not been among the runs recently but he had a successful tour of South Africa four years ago. "I have tremendous regard for Virat Kohli and we will see an improved performance in the next game", Ganguly added.

The Cape Town Test's report will always have his name in bold for his remarkable spell on Day 1 that had South Africa staring down the abyss.

"Mini collapses in both innings is something we have to think about".

"It has worked for us in the recent past". We have been in a very good space and we believe we can get them out twice again in this game. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back.

The second Test will be played at Centurion from Saturday and India's top five will have to pull their socks up and reignite the spark to have a shot at atleast drawing the series if not winning.

Opening batsman Aiden Markram had indicated that the wicket won't have as much green on the wicket, saying that it won't be as "extreme" as Cape Town. What I got from the groundsman was that it was burnt from the heat. "But it is important we stay positive and confident as a team. looking forward to the next game".

Two pacers - Duanne Olivier and uncapped Lungi Ngidi - have been called up to their squad, while all-rounder Chris Morris is also in contention for the second Test.

After a morale-sapping defeat in the first Test, the Indian cricket team will look to forget the terrible outing at Cape Town and face a dominant Proteas side in the second Test match starting from Saturday at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

"In the first innings, we thought we bowled a little fuller than normal because in India, the wickets are different where we have to pitch the ball a little fuller to get swing and you have to get the batsmen on the front foot", he explained. Lots of help for the bowlers is good news for those wanting a result, though for India it is vital that the result goes their way, because otherwise the series is lost.

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