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Why Virat Kohli must stick to his guns in South Africa

14 January 2018

Jaspreet Bumrah making his debut over Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. The exclusionof Ajinkya Rahane from the team has been questioned but it seems that Kohli isn't interested in outside opionions, take that any which way you like really.

When Pandya with his brutal hitting was shaking the very foundations of the South African pace attack, I wondered would this be the match-winning innings we all were waiting for or be one more addition to the list of individual glory, a consolation prize amidst the gloom of defeat? Kohli backed his decision to play Rohit Sharma and offered no assurances of a possible comeback for his deputy. But India may still find a great opportunity to level things here in the next five days.

The case for Rahul being included in the first Test itself looked justified, given that the 25-year-old was in good touch, barring the last Test match he played in Nagpur.

Rahul has played just two Tests in the above countries so we can't read anything into his record. "We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and "talk of the town", and all those sort of things".

South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada may only be 22, but he has already established himself as one of the most lethal bowlers in worldwide cricket. He's probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home. I explained the reasons why Rohit [Sharma] started ahead of him. Coach Ottis Gibson indicated that they would like to continue playing 4 fast bowlers, which would pave the way for one of Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi or Duanne Olivier to get a game.

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The couple had resigned themselves to sleeping in their vehicle until a former professor invited them to his home in Ventura. Who would've expected we would have had this devastation again with the mudslides, and so soon", Winfrey said.

"I like people to be constructive and open and honest with us as players‚" Philander said.

But Kohli said disrupting the bowling unit for batting troubles would be unwise and instead called on his batsmen to take up additional responsibilities of adding those 80 extra runs. Very often in the past one has been writing match reports that has focused on one fearless Indian performer, who has risen above the mediocre performance of his team, though not been able to alter the result of the match. "We're playing worldwide cricket, representing the country at the highest level and everyone should be responsible enough to understand that they need to prepare in a way that they go along with the team's momentum", Kohli said explaining the individual responsibilities. So we are not anxious about the bowling front at all.

The pitch conditions at SuperSport Park are again the centre of the conversation, and du Plessis believes that they will be similar conditions to those in Cape Town, where a total of 20 wickets fell inside four days. "We prepare bowling friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches". Not just as a player, but also as a commentator for almost three decades, Shastri's expertise is unquestionable.

"Kohli is obviously a very good, aggressive player, and we knew he was the big wicket to get, so I just wanted to keep him quiet and set him up for the other one, I always knew I had the one coming back up my sleeve".

Why Virat Kohli must stick to his guns in South Africa