Picked Rohit over Rahane on current form: Virat Kohli


A comparative study of Rahane and Rohit outside Asia shows us that the former, known to be patient, is more suited to the conditions than the latter, a strokemaker. "To be honest, this was a tough pitch for Indian batsmen as it was the first Test of the series and the boys were still getting used to the conditions", he said.

Ganguly's comments were in response to Virat Kohli's post-match press conference where he defended Rohit Sharma's inclusion by saying that they looked at his recent performances. "I think the key thing is to keep him quiet and to make sure you set him up for the other one". As a bowler, my motto is not to get too excited and not to get too down after every match.

The paceman, a Capetonian, somewhat redeemed himself here on Monday in front of his home crowd by claiming his career-best innings (6/42) figures against India in the first Test and bowling South Africa to a 72-run win.

India and South Africa resume their rivalry in the second Test at Centurion from January 13. What impressed me most today was he wanted to bowl more overs. "If it happens, then you don't deserve to play", said Bumrah. Defending 208, there is no better place to play with crowd cheering us on and the momentum carrying you in. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face spells, which are going to be hard. It will have a lot more bounce than Cape Town. "We need to embrace that", he noted.

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"We just tried to correct them and not overdo things because over here when there is help from the wicket, you try to do extra but that won't help. But we made a decision to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion", added Kohli. It could be Ajinkya Rahane in the middle in place of Rohit Sharma and there's a possibility of KL Rahul coming at top of the order. Rahane has scored 17 runs in his last five test innings but he is among the few Indians who has been successful outside India - where he averages 53.44. On nought at the time the tailender went on to get 35 runs, helping South Africa to a 40-over-par total of 286. He's probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home. You get a fair idea about where to bowl and what kind of lines to bowl.

On how to go about winning the Test itself, Kohli said it came down to breaking it down in parts and staying in the moment.

His 12th five-wicket haul in Test cricket also included the prized wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin, who had conjured up hopes of a revival for India with a fighting 37. We are a team that looks to fight back and get right back into the game, we are not a team that gives opposition easy victories.

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