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Smith: Kohli needs someone who can challenge him

23 January 2018

However, while they have conceded the series, one of the many losses in overseas condition, the Indians have been pulled-up for their poor shot selection.

Kohli also pointed out the positives from the first two Tests.

India are 0-2 down in the ongoing Test series against South Africa and coach Ravi Shastri feels that had Team India arrived at the Rainbow 10 days earlier, it would have made a difference. "There was a thought [of sending the Test specialists early] but then you are disjointed". "Preparation-wise or whatever. Those thoughts can be put in hindsight". But in hindsight, I would say the best thing would have been to reach here two weeks earlier. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going and Virat Kohli has to make right decision depending on conditions and opposition and if that means selecting Rahane and Kumar and dropping Hardik Pandya then so be it, but the team can not get carried away and make weird decisions. "The last time's Test match was very special and hopefully we can have as exciting a cricket as we had last time this time too".

"Unfortunately, the schedule was as such, we had games, but I think that the itinerary in the future needs to accommodate that and take that into consideration". In short, du Plessis will be hoping for more of the same as they take on India in the final Test.

But, Shastri stopped short of agreeing with the widespread belief that Rahane's exclusion was an error.

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"That [debate] will always be the case", Shastri was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "If Ajinkya had played first, and not done well, you would have asked me the same question, why Rohit hasn't played", countered Shastri. If Ajinkya had played first, and not done well, you would have asked me the same question, why Rohit hasn't played.

When asked if it was tougher for the team to make comebacks from hard positions overseas, Shastri explained the reasons why this was true. With the conditions and pitch favouring the hosts, the visitors may find it tough to survive the full five days. "Both politely said, they have been drafted as net bowlers as SA board did not provide net bowlers because they are afraid you might scold them like you are doing to us". "Often his reaction to situations... that can sometime impact on your team negatively", said Smith.

"We can use the ODIs and T20s to try and rotate players". Not many times overseas have we picked 40 wickets in two Test matches. "There is no dead-rubber game for us, we will prepare as well as we can over the next two days to make sure we are ready come Wednesday". Because we gave South Africa a total and forced them to play their best cricket to go for it.

"There is a lot of grass on the pitch so we would definitely look at that option {of all-pace attack}".

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

Smith: Kohli needs someone who can challenge him