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Virat Kohli fan succumbs to burn injuries after lighting himself on fire

Virat Kohli fan succumbs to burn injuries after lighting himself on fire

Amidst conditions that saw the fall of great batsmen Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Cheteshwar Pujara, all-rounder Hardik Pandya displayed tremendous grit and scored a 93-run knock to ignite some hopes for the struggling visitors in their first innings at Newlands, Cape Town. By lunch on the fourth day, India had even achieved parity in the game, only for another collapse with the bat to cost them the Test match.

It was surprising that Kohli opted for the adventurous Dhawan and Rohit in place of a much more stable KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane, who have been proven performers away from home in the past. Rohit, picked over Rahane after a prolific series against Sri Lanka, managed only 11 and 10 in the two innings despite showing gumption to fight his way out of a tight corner. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions.

Highlighting the contrast in their performances, Ganguly added, "The history of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in overseas conditions is not very good".

However, Kohli failed to reproduce the same kind of form in Cape Town, falling for five and 28 in his two innings, as South Africa won the Test by 72 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series. But we made a decision to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion.

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Not just Rahane, Kohli also dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the playing XI. It now remains to be seen whether, the Indians will ring in changes when the second Test gets underway January 13, at the Centurion.

"If we had taken our chances in the first innings, even after them counter-attacking, we could have kept them to 220".

At the same time, however, he felt that Kohli might still stick with the pair for the upcoming second Test. "Virat [Kohli] has shown a lot of trust in Rohit and Shikhar". Steyn's comeback to Test cricket was cut short on the second day of the opening Test when he landed awkwardly while bowling, injuring his left heel. Dale Steyn suffered an injury and will be a forced omission for South Africa. After a brief 32-run recovery between Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India colluded to lose four wickets in quick succession to fall to 82 for 7, from where they never recovered despite a gutsy 37 from R Ashwin.


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