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Ahead of Centurion Test, Virat Kohli's men visit India House in Johannesburg

Ahead of Centurion Test, Virat Kohli's men visit India House in Johannesburg

"Generally Centurion doesn't spin that much, but there is a thick layer of ground grass on it, which is not something we're used to seeing".

Rahul has played just two Tests in the above countries so we can't read anything into his record. They also feel that he lacks pace and can not hurry the batsmen whereas Ishant has the height and pace to exploit a surface with bounce. "It looks likely a really lively pitch".

On Friday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli slammed his critics by stating that the team balance and combination will not be influenced by the opinion of outsiders.

"You have to be open to those suggestions‚ but I'll have to give to give this one to "Faffie" [Faf du Plessis]‚" Philander said. I expect them to take positives out of that game.

Amidst all this noise generated by various talking heads, TOI can confirm that Karnataka opener Lokesh Rahul - who sat in the first Test - will return to the playing eleven at the Centurion for the second Test match starting Saturday.

So, with Dale Steyn out of the series, which seamer to choose then? Bhuvneshwar had finished with six wickets in the first game, including four in South Africa's first innings.

Du Plessis admitted it was the first time he'd seen Ngidi bowl in the flesh.

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However, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes that Rabada will only get better as time goes on.

Two, Kohli's logic that Ishant Sharma has been picked for bowling bouncers to outclass South African batters also defies logic as height is only one factor when it comes to bouncing the ball.

"We prepare bowler-friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches. Exactly what we expected it to be and we actually wanted it to be that way so that both teams are into the contest provided they play some good cricket".

"History of Rohit Sharma and history of Shikhar Dhawan in overseas conditions are not very good".

Subscribe to the IOL Sport Newsletter! . That said, the Indian team has the acumen and knowhow to tackle the technical issues but the greater demand has been to put the bat to the ball properly, which they failed to do in Newlands. "Bhuvneshwar performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified", Sehwag said.

"There are other pitches around the world that bounce, but here the bounce is steep, even off a length", the Indian captain remarked. Doubt a player like Rohit can be all things for his captain just yet, but if there is clarity in communication, instead of making him something he's not, who knows, maybe they still have a shot at Test redemption for Rohit.

It would serve us well to stop racking our brains for there aren't many reasons which could explain his omission other than the fact that in Kohli's mind, Ishant's skill set is better suited to the pitch in Centurion. South Africa will depend upon Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis to score the bulk of runs.


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