"It is amusing how things change in matter of weeks or maybe in just about five days".
Kohli said he was delighted with with his bowlers' performance in the first Test. Ajinkya Rahane's exclusion from the first Test had everyone scratching their heads. Even if I lost this game I would have been very disappointed, but the way this Test match was played was remarkable. "We're playing worldwide cricket, representing the country at the highest level and everyone should be responsible enough to understand that they need to prepare in a way that they go along with the team's momentum", Kohli said explaining the individual responsibilities.
"We're very happy with the way the bowlers went about their business".More news: South Korea proposes having joint women's hockey team with North
He (Rahane) is a quality player. This time, the knives back home were sheathed because South Africa, boasting an awesome line-up of their own, managed only 346 across their two innings. He has probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home. In spite of Kohli justifying this faux pas, it is somewhat of a suicidal move because although Sharma is in the form of his life, Rahane has proven his credentials in nearly every overseas tour he has been part of.
While the skipper dropped hints that there might be changes in the playing XI without divulging any further. "We have to decide whether we go with the same balance of four seamers and a spinner or whether we go for more of an all-rounder".
The wicket promises ample pace and bounce, but doesn't have as much green grass unlike the Newlands' wicket, reckons Kohli. Moreover, the Newlands Test was a close contest with India having more than a fighting chance to win, but succumbed to a loss primarily because of a batting collapse. Virat Kohli's record of seldom going in with an unchanged XI also substantiates this claim. "I also felt that by pushing him back we could get all three dismissals into play". Not to say, India have subsequently lost 0-1 in South Africa in 2013, 0-1 in New Zealand in 2014, 1-3 in England in 2014 and 0-2 in Australia in 2014-15.More news: Euro jumps on European Central Bank minutes; US CPI & retail sales on the horizon
The skipper feels that despite the flaws committed at Cape Town, his batting unit remains confident. Their bowlers took 20 wickets, the only part when we were a little bit better was we got more runs in the first innings.
But the Indian batsmen needed to step up.
South African batting hasn't looked too comfortable either with the Indian pacers proving they are up for the scrap but that hasn't anxious du Plessis one bit. We let ourselves down with the bat, that's for sure. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face spells, which are going to be hard.
Ashwin shared a crucial 49-run eighth wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to resurrect India's second innings after they were reduced to 82 for 7. We want to plug all those game.More news: Arcade Fire's Win Butler Blasts Trump for Alleged Haiti Insult