Talking about the South African pitches, Kohli emphasised that team needs to have intent because the kind of bowling attack South Africa has, especially on these pitches they get extra bounce and they get extra pace off the wicket. If India have to rely on their spinner and their support bowler and his fielding, they can still mess up this opportunity.
Hardik Pandya (0-15) too didn't trouble the batsmen after coming on to bowl in the 13th over. These two changes were quite expected and surprised no one but what made Indian cricket fans very disappointed was the exclusion of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. After going wicketless in the morning session, and with Amla being dropped twice, India need such moments to spike their day at SuperSport Park. The hosts have not lost at this venue since 2014.
What is in store for India in the 2nd Test against South Africa? "We are going to test them and in a scenario we have a chance to go at the target or for a win everyone knows that we will do that". The run rate had come down only for Bumrah to bowl a leg-side half-volley and another short-and-wide delivery in his first over back. Pandya at mid-wicket was again in the thick of things as he flicked the ball back to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps to whip off the bails. "Keshav Maharaj is still in and Kagiso Rabada showed his worth in the previous Test as well, along with the leadership of Faf", Markram signed off.
To stand up to the pacers, Indian batsmen have a lot of areas to improve upon. The Indian spinner had also accounted for Elgar (31). Before the first Test, no one thought that he should be in the 11 and now suddenly people are looking at the other option", said Kohli."We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and talk of the town and all those sort of things. Instead they must harness the art of controlling the pace quartet.
Calls for the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane, known for his quiet approach, instead of fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma have grown over the few days. With wickets of openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram, India made their presence felt but between those two dismissals, there was a trying spell of play with bowlers ploughing without any luck.
The pair provided a solid start after South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. "But he is a world-class bowler and it was a good challenge to get out there and face him", he added. But he was denied a century in Centurion by Ravichandran Ashwin who celebrated his second wicket of the day when Markram was caught behind on 94.