Extended nets for Rahane & Rahul


With both Dhawan and Vijay not doing themselves any favours, especially the former for having been sloppy in the field too, the team management can be expected to take some stern decisions. "I have tremendous regard for Virat Kohli and we will see an improved performance in the next game", Ganguly added.

Philander ran through the famed Indian cricket team's batting line-up on Monday to hand South Africa a critical 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, as the hosts won the first match by 72 runs.

"Look, these things can always be looked at in hindsight - thinking what if or what if not". The Delhi batsman said they picked Rohit on current form while they went with Shikhar as they wanted a left-right combination at the top of the order. The right-hand batsman exclusively led India's counter-attack in the first Test and scored 93 runs in 95 balls in the first innings. "History of Rohit Sharma and history of Shikhar Dhawan in overseas conditions are not very good".

However, just when Rohit was looking comfortable at the crease, an incoming delivery from Kagiso Rabada hit his pads plumb in front of the stumps and he was on his way back to the pavillion. The Cape Town Test, one that India lost to South Africa by 72 runs in nearly four days, with one of those days getting robbed by rain, led to one such build-up. He narrowly missed out on his maiden ton on that tour getting out for 96 in the Durban Test.

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It was there that opener Sehwag‚ lugging his reputation as a leading light of a generation of test batsmen who refused to hit the ball anything but hard‚ threw his bat at the third ball he faced and shoved a catch down third man's throat. Three of those hundreds have come against Australia (1), England (1) and New Zealand (1) while the rest are against Sri Lanka (2) and the West Indies (1).

The 29-year-old has played 19 Tests at home and amassed 1009 runs at an average of 33.63 with 3 tons and as many half-centuries. Certainly, South African skipper Faf du Plessis had expressed surprise at the omission of both Rahane and Ishant, with Rohit Sharma (21 runs in two innings) and Jasprit Bumrah (4-112 in two innings) playing instead.

After the loss in first Test, several cricketers have backed the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul in the squad for the second Test.

"You have to bring Rahane and Rahul back in the playing XI for the next Test". India were properly beaten at Newlands but for long stretches of the match they were on top‚ helped not a little by the fact that they had the better of the conditions throughout. Just before that last over I bowled, "Faffie" was going to bowl Morne, and I said to him, "Listen, I'm actually warm now, so just give me one more".