Plan was to keep Kohli quiet, says Philander


"Its amusing. Before the last Test, everyone was saying Ajinkya Rahane should not be included in playing XI".

In contrast‚ India captain Virat Kohli‚ after he made his inspection before training on Friday afternoon‚ welcomed the conditions in the capital city and said they were exactly what his side had hoped for because both teams will be in the contest. "Before the first Test, no one thought that he should be in the XI, and now suddenly people are looking at the other option".

The Indian team-management, simply put, has to take some bold decisions. "For us as a team it's all about finding the right balance". "We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and "talk of the town", and all those sort of things". In his dying declaration, Bariya said that he was upset over Kohli's wicket.

As for Rahane, South Africa was where he established himself as one of India's premier Test batsmen when he scored 47, 15, 51 not out and 96 during the 2013 tour.

At the press conference on Friday, Kohli had argued that the line-up has changed in the past because of conditions and injuries.

"No need to panic as a batting unit". I explained the reasons why Rohit [Sharma] started ahead of him.

Shikhar Dhawan was found waiting while facing the short stuff from South Africa. Gianluigi Guercia  AFP
Shikhar Dhawan was found waiting while facing the short stuff from South Africa. Gianluigi Guercia AFP

South Africa's captain and the coach Ottis Gibson have waved the banner for aggression and positivity, and in that regard, it would mean sticking with the structure of six front-line batsmen, four seamers and the spin of Keshav Maharaj that won them the first Test. "We know if we get totals on the board with the bowlers that we have then we'll bowl sides out".

Indeed, after a successful Test series against the Sri Lankans, Rohit had pushed his case even further when he hit an unprecedented third career double-century in one-day internationals, followed by a second Twenty20 global hundred a few days after.

Ravichandran Ashwin was pick of the Indian bowlers grabbing three wickets as India clawed their way back into the match. "We are in a very good space and we believe that we can get them out twice again in this game and you definitely need to do that to win Test matches but you need a solid batting performance too".

"I have an eye on the future, there's a lot of Test cricket coming up - these two Tests against India and then the series against Australia". "He's just such a strong bowler and he can bowl the whole day".

While Ajinkya Rahane has still not been added to the team, despite having the best average outside the subcontinent among all India batsmen, Parthiv Patel replaced Wriddhiman Saha, who has a hamstring niggle, for the second test. Virat Kohli & Co can't be blamed for one's own levels of expectations but it remains a fact that the performance, as much as their rhetoric, has not lived up to their billing, so far.

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