Picked Rohit over Rahane on current form: Virat Kohli


But its understanding that you are in control of what you want to do. Intent is about being vocal out there in calling.

India blew their chance in Cape Town and the challenge is going to be only stiffer up in Centurion for the second Test and Johannesburg for the third Test. As South Africa showed after Dale Steyn went down with a heel injury in Cape Town‚ helpful conditions are worth a bowler on their own. Whether we play five batsmen or six, the batsmen have to apply themselves better. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face spells, which are going to be hard. "We need to embrace that", he noted. So I don't think there is any need to panic on that front. Never mind that both match-winning efforts also came against their battered neighbours, at home and in different formats.

"We just tried to correct them and not overdo things because over here when there is help from the wicket, you try to do extra but that won't help".

Not just Rahane, Kohli also dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the playing XI. He was taken for runs in the first innings at a time when India needed to keep South Africa quiet, but roared back to form in the second innings and triggered the hosts' 65/8 collapse on day four. "Possibilities are all open at the moment and we shall decide after practice".

"Look all kind of situations are possible", he said. "It's always challenging whenever you come to a new country". "We were focused on the lengths we wanted to bowl", he said about Thursday's training stint. Again it's about finding the right balance.

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"The balance is as easy or as hard as the performance of the team". We kept pulling things back against a side which is very strong about us. He's performing for us now, even away from home.

However, when it comes to overseas form, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have both struggled to perform. "I knew it was stone dead", he added, referring to the review asked by Kohli after onfield umpire ruled him out.

"I like people to be constructive and open and honest with us as players". In his dying declaration, Bariya said that he was upset over Kohli's wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin also got you 30 runs with the bat.

There has been a lot of debate over India's team selection in the first Test. It is a test of character throughout for all five days. "So, day by day, learn from every session which you have, every experience which you have and analyse and go forward".

"If not, then we will try and look to shape the team in other ways", said Gibson after the first Test. Even in the first innings, if you take AB's innings out, and Faf to an extent, the batting hasn't clicked for them either.

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