Rohit s 'home' form preferred over Rahane's 'overseas' record, confirms Kohli

Rohit s 'home' form preferred over Rahane's 'overseas' record, confirms Kohli

South Africa took a crucial first lead of 77 and scored 130 to set India a tricky target.

"Credit to them, they were a bowler short and still bowled their heart out".

"Coming out after Tea I was a bit on the stiff side and I had to bowl two or three overs to get myself going". The problem is with your top and middle order batting options. You can not go in a Test match without a spinner so that chapter closes. You get a fair idea about where to bowl and what kind of lines to bowl. The problem is not fast bowling, the problem is not Hardik Pandya, the problem is not Ashwin. "History of Rohit Sharma and history of Shikhar Dhawan in overseas conditions are not very good". Their record is basically chalk and cheese when it comes to overseas Tests.

He added, "Look at Cheteshwar Pujara". His 13 of 14 Test hundreds have come in subcontinent conditions.

Not just Rahane, Kohli also dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the playing XI. "They still have two more Tests to play and I feel all the matches will produce results", Ganguly wrote in a column for Times of India.

Speaking after the match at Newlands, Kohli said that Rohit was picked over Rahane based on current form.

Ganguly further went on to praise allrounder Hardik Pandya, who scored 93 runs in the first innings and nearly saved India from a disaster. "These things can always be looked at in hindsight". "There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back".

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Although India's bowlers gave a good account of themselves, the batting line-up flattered to deceive once again on a lively track. The wicket in Centurion will be quick as well.

The surface in Cape Town offered the seam bowlers assistance throughout with 18 wickets falling on the fourth and final day - all to the pacemen.

"I would actually play five bowlers and play KL Rahul in place of Shikhar Dhawan". Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions.

Similarly, in the pace department, Jasprit Bumrah was handed debut straightaway with the more experienced likes of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav warming the benches. "The batting didn't come out well so I'm not anxious on the bowling front at all".

The Indian skipper, who scored just 5 runs in the first innings, could manage 28 runs before being dismissed by Vernon Philander. There's not been a single fifty from the order. "I am still learning and hopefully in the further matches, I will be able to do better", he 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. Olivier has played five Tests - all of them in 2017 - and Ngidi made his global debut in a T20I game against Sri Lanka past year but is yet to play the other two formats.

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