Indian cricket team lost to South Africa in the first test match despite a wonderful performance by the bowler but as Virat Kohli said that a team can’t win test matches if it keeps losing wickets in cluster. Questions were raised on the team selection as Ajinkya Rahane was not selected while Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were given a place in the team for the first test.
Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly who has a good experience of leading the team overseas was also not happy with the team selection and he told India today, “History of Rohit Sharma and history of Shikhar Dhawan in overseas conditions are not very good. You look at their records, it’s like chalk and cheese when they go away and when they are in India. So you are basically depending on Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli as the two best performers in overseas conditions.”
The 45-yr old Bengal Tiger further added, “Look at Cheteshwar Pujara. His 13 of 14 Test hundreds have come in sub-continent conditions. I keep saying about KL Rahul because he has scored runs in Australia, he has scored runs in West Indies and Sri Lanka. It’s not just about form, it’s also about where people score runs. But let’s not panic too much. I was not surprised by the result. I have tremendous regard for Virat Kohli and we will see an improved performance in the next game.”
On the other hand, when Indian captain Virat Kohli was asked about the selection criterion, he said that current form was the main point which was taken into consideration while selecting the team, he said, “Well, we decided to go on current form. 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. These things can always be looked at in hindsight – thinking what if or what if not. But we decided to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion.”
This is what the left-handed batsman said for the second test match, “I don’t think Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will change the team straightaway. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back. It could be Ajinkya Rahane in the middle in place of Rohit Sharma and there’s a possibility of KL Rahul coming at top of the order. India will have to bottle down and fight hard in the batting. The wicket in Centurion will be quick as well. It will have a lot more bounce than Cape Town. It may not seam as much as Cape Town but it will be lot quicker.”
Sourav was bang-on when he said this as K L Rahul has replaced Shikhar Dhawan for the second test match.
We hope that Indian team will bounce back and give us something to cheer up.
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