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Kohli fan sets himself on fire after Indian skipper falls cheaply

Kohli fan sets himself on fire after Indian skipper falls cheaply”

"We just tried to correct them and not overdo things because over here, when there is help from the wicket, you try to do extra but that won't help".

Losing a Test chasing 208 runs can demoralise the best of teams and it will surely hurt the World Number One team.

Along with Kohli, men who have held the Indian batting together like Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma also failed. The options for the second Test are limited and, in fact, little if the team management goes by normal cricket sense instead of panicking after the loss at Newlands.

The second Test in Centurion begins on Saturday. We have written previously that 2018 is a year of reckoning for Indian cricket with the team playing in South Africa, England and Australia in quick order over the next twelve months after spending virtually two winters at home. He has probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home. "The balance is as easy or as hard as the performance of the team", said Kohli.

"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. Shikhar Dhawan batted late and briefly.

"Look, these things can always be looked at in hindsight - thinking what if or what if not. But we chose to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion", the India captain said of the controversial selection calls. There will be a lot of talk about players who were not in the playing eleven. Rahane and KL Rahul were among them.

The ability to attack the short ball or at least look at ease in facing it will be key for both sets of batsmen with India having already shown a willingness to bounce out the Proteas.

Philander led the bowling attack, claiming six wickets for 42 runs, as the hosts wrapped India for 135 runs to seal the Test match. "Not nervousness, it's not like in my life I was playing a first-class game for the first time, I have played a lot of four-day games", Bumrah said when asked if he felt nervous when he was told he was going to play. "My basic plan was to go inside and have a feel of the wicket and changes should be made accordingly".

Philander had to face criticism due to his lack of fitness during the four-match Test against England a year ago and he said he initially took it "personally" before deciding to work on his fitness. Exhorting his batsmen to deliver in challenging conditions, he expressed hope that they will put in an improved performance. There was intensity at training and Rahane was focussed - he knows he will be under pressure to get some runs if he does make a comeback. "It is up to the team and the think tank".

Instead, the good bounce and lack of lateral movement might just play well for batsmen on both sides. Meanwhile, Team India's physio Patrick Farhat also appeared on the field.



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