Mumbai: When Virat Kohli takes the cricket field, not only the hopes of the team but also millions of Indians back home are pinned on the India skipper.
Kohli also rued the dropped chances in South Africa's first innings, which he felt could have restricted them to a much lower total. Notably, the vice-captain has hit 1817 runs on the road in 24 matches at an average of 53.44. Olivier has played five Tests - all of them in 2017 - and Ngidi made his worldwide debut in a T20I game against Sri Lanka a year ago but is yet to play the other two formats.
"Well, we made a decision to go on current form. Rohit (Sharma) has scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, and he was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka", said Kohli in the post-match media conference. These things can always be looked at in hindsight - thinking what if or what if not. "But we chose to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion", Kohli added.
On the other hand, Rohit had scored a century in the second Test against Sri Lanka in November, which was also in over a year. In his last 20 innings, Rohit has managed to score only two half centuries, whereas Rahane has 7 half centuries and 4 tons in 29 innings outside Asia.
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The India batsmen failed to capitalise after their bowlers skittled out South Africa for just 130 in their second innings, setting the visitors a target of 208 runs.
Ganguly also pointed out that the records of Rohit and Dhawan in overseas conditions. The aggressive left-handed opener threw his wicket away after playing a rash shot against Dale Steyn in the first innings. "I would actually play five bowlers and play KL Rahul in place of Shikhar Dhawan".
"I like people to be constructive and open and honest with us as players", noted Philander who admitted he has taken criticism personally in the past instead of taking it positively.
Babulal Bariya, a retired railway officer based in Ambedkar Nagar, was upset over Kohli losing his wicket cheaply in Cape Town, a report by the Indian Express said. We needed, if not one big partnership, then every wicket adding 30-35 would have done the job for us. "If you do that it is very tough for you to come back and win Test matches from there".