More critically, the men picking the playing eleven in any game, Virat Kohli, the captain, and Ravi Shastri, the coach, as it appears the vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, has little input in this unless he is the first turkey to have voted for Thanksgiving.
Speaking after the match at Newlands, Kohli said that Rohit was picked over Rahane based on current form. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back. "Rohit 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.
"You saw some good fast bowlers on both sides and from my understanding of Centurion, it's a pitch with some pace and bounce and that will probably be the make-up of the team going forward", Gibson further said.
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"These things can always be looked at in hindsight - thinking what if or what if not". KL Rahul, who has been a decent performer on foreign tracks and conditions, is set to take the opener role ahead of Shikhar Dhawan.
Doubtless that example will be raised as India discuss how to stave off a series defeat‚ the prospect of which became uncomfortably real for them on Monday - when South Africa won a low-scoring Newlands duel by 72 runs. "We knew that Virat was a big wicket to get, and getting him right there and then, I just strived to [enjoy it with] my boys". Sourav Ganguly pointed out that he's a good batsman and he has made runs in Australia, West Indies and other overseas destinations.
It remains to be seen if how numerous three - Rahul, Rahane and Ishant - come into contention after the disappointing loss at Newlands.
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India remain confident that they can beat South Africa despite losing the first Test after putting themselves in a favourable position.
With Dhawan and Murali not justifying their roles, a determined and hungry KL Rahul would be the flawless batsman to lead the visitors in projecting runs on hard and bouncy conditions.
Vijay is unlikely to be dropped as the Tamil Nadu batsman has got more experience in South Africa and will hold the key for India. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions. While Dhawan hit 192 runs at 48 at a high strike rate of 75.89 with two half-centuries, Rohit also played two games in which he smacked a century and twin half-centuries. Rahul's prominent display in Australia would still be fresh in Kohli's mind and picking him over Dhawan for at Least one Test this series won't be a hard call to make. These can't be easy decisions to make.
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Virender Sehwag could teach batsmen how not to play at Centurion‚ where the second test between South Africa and India will be played‚ starting on Saturday.