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'Unusual layer of brown grass' worries Proteas' captain Faf du Plessis

'Unusual layer of brown grass' worries Proteas' captain Faf du Plessis

"We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and talk of the town and all those sort of things", Kohli's sarcasm at the pre-match conference was not lost on anyone. "Our culture is strong on making sure that when young guys come into the team that we treat them as though they have played 50 or 70 or 100 Tests", he revealed. Shikhar Dhawan batted late and briefly.

"These things can always be looked at in hindsight - thinking what if or what if not".

He repeated that Rohit Sharma was selected because of his current form.

And with conditions at Centurion again likely to favour fast bowling, Kohli has backed his batsmen to come good with a new positive approach against the quicks.

Dhawan was picked ahead of Rahul and the left-right combination didn't work for India as Dhawan failed to give India a good start in both the innings. "But we chose to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion", added Kohli.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada. He narrowly missed out on his maiden ton on that tour getting out for 96 in the Durban Test.

"Although KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane have a good history of scoring runs away from the sub-continent and have better records as batsmen, India can't just chop-and-change in every game".

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The 29-year-old has played 19 Tests at home and amassed 1009 runs at an average of 33.63 with 3 tons and as many half-centuries. Rohit's failures have again tilted the tables in Rahane's favour. Understandable though, Virat Kohli and the head coach, Ravi Shastri asserted that this is the best squad ever visited South Africa and were pretty confident of turning the tables.

"India can go in with an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane".

A team boasting the talents of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and let's not forget Virat Kohli folded twice in four days in an embarrassing manner. India will have to bottle down and fight hard in the batting. In that regard, it is nearly certain that KL Rahul, who has a more compact technique, will take Dhawan's place. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions. Rahane had a dismal recent series against Sri Lanka but has shown the ability to score runs away from home. On the controversial selection decisions, he said the matter should be brushed aside now.

The team management seems to be impressed with how quickly Bumrah made amends to his lengths. They are the best judges.

The third day of the Test witnessed heavy rains in Newlands, which ended the longtime draught at the region.

Catch all the action in the 2nd Test match from Centurion, 13th January onwards at 1:30 PM IST, 10 AM local time.


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