Rohit, Dhawan and the limits of 'current form'

India captain Virat Kohli is keeping his side in the second test against South Africa unbeaten on 85 at stumps on day

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. "The reason why we were thinking of an Indian win at some point is because the bowlers got 20 wickets and that will continue to be an important criteria over the next two Tests", he observed.

"He didn't say after three or four overs "That's enough".

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. He admitted that there would be some discussion about India's opening batting combination, which suggests that Shikhar Dhawan's place could be in doubt after two poor dismissals against short-pitched deliveries last week. A recovery from there seemed almost impossible, but for Pandya's flamboyant, counter-attacking 93.

One of Virat Kohli's buzzwords as captain of the Indian team has been "intent".

Make no mistake, Bhuvneshwar is not the most sublime or elegant of batsmen.

"You saw some good fast bowlers on both sides and from my understanding of Centurion, it's a pitch with some pace and bounce and that will probably be the make-up of the team going forward", Gibson added.

India made other questionable calls. He was India's fourth-highest run-scorer in the series with 247 runs and an average better than that of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The duo had raised 140 runs then.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis made 63 to get his side over the 300-mark
SYDNEY SESHIBEDI GETTY IMAGES South Africa captain Faf du Plessis made 63 to get his side over the 300-mark

"We felt we could chase 208, it felt very realistic, but again we needed someone to go out there and get 75 or 80 and not 25 or 30 runs; we wanted a big partnership".

"But it surprised all of us and was a lot harder than what we thought it's supposed to be".

"I like people to be constructive and open and honest with us as players‚" Philander said.

"I was not anxious about his DRS review". Whatever wickets he took that was on the googly, the incoming delivery, so my plan was to counter his incoming deliveries. He has more than 10,000 runs with 26 centuries. India, however, didn't even give him that first chance.

His ability to rotate the strike, frustrate bowlers with dead bat defensive shots and instill further confidence in the more established batting partner makes him an invaluable asset down the order. Despite the selectors making few changes in the team, the final result was not what many expected. India were reeling at 92/7 before the youngster bailed them out with a counterattacking knock and this limited South Africa's first innings lead to 77 runs.

The former captain has also backed the five-bowler strategy saying the reason India came close to securing a win in Newlands was due to their ability to take 20 wickets which will continue to be the case in the upcoming matches.



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