Following India's 72-run defeat at the hands of South Africa at Cape Town, former captain Sourav Ganguly says that Virat Kohli-led side will not make any drastic changes for the second Test at Centurion. "The problem is your top-order batsmen", Ganguly told India Today.
Rohit showed good temperament during the first innings and saw off the first hour of the second day's play but was trapped plumb in front of his wickets for a painstaking 11 from 59 balls.
While neither batsman can be blamed for staking places in the side just before this tour, in doing so they managed to keep out of the XI two players undoubtedly more suited to the seaming conditions in South Africa: Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane.
Decision to drop Rahane was bold but it backfired. Kohli has always been a believer in being positive on the cricket field and never taking a step back, but on Friday (January 12), on the eve of the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Kohli gave a layered definition of intent, demarcating it from the simplistic notion of having a go at every ball. So I had a lot of things to learn from. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back. The wicket in Centurion will be quick as well. 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". With 208 to defend against India, Philander said he knew he had to quickly take the responsibility of spearheading the pace battery and put his team in a good position. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions.
"I feel that definitely the batting order through mistakes we committed in the first game and through the experience we gained in the first game, we are certainly in a much better shape to come at their bowling attack in this game", he added. As a bowler you look to get the first wicket early and I got AB de Villiers. All the batters have not scored runs.
But Kohli said disrupting the bowling unit for batting troubles would be unwise and instead called on his batsmen to take up additional responsibilities of adding those 80 extra runs.
The SuperSport Park pitch has a reputation for being one of the most hard places to bat but 39 centuries have been scored in the past and Indian batsmen need to show the required dedication and commitment to keep this three-match Test series alive. Fast bowlers have been the leading wicket takers in Test matches for India outside the subcontinent, and their share of wickets has been the highest in the current decade.