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Kohli Makes Three Big Changes for Centurion Test, Legend Disapproves

14 January 2018

"For us as a team it's all about finding the right balance". Those were times when no one expected India to even match its rival, let alone win.

On Monday, Klusener was travelling to Harare to join the Zimbabwe boys (He is a batting coach of the Zimbabwe national team) and missed out on watching the fascinating day's play at Newlands, where 18 wickets fell. He ratcheted down the apparent tension around the second Test by a few notches. And he's way too often been in and out of the side than a card carrying member.

Only to be faced with that same old reality when India travel overseas. Quite certainly Bhuvneshwar's swing gave enough evidence that it will be the more potent weapon in the series. With one Test down and some out-of-thebox selection calls flopped, the heat - in every sense of the expression - is very much on but the India skipper looked supremely assured. But the Indian captain made one critical mistake.

"Look at Cheteshwar Pujara".

One of the batsmen to thrive on bouncier surfaces, Ajinkya Rahane, was curiously left out of the team in Cape Town according to the criterion of form.

"Its amusing. Before the last Test, everyone was saying Ajinkya Rahane should not be included in playing XI".

In a low scoring Test, Rohit reached double figures in both innings - 11 and 10.

Going by the speed gun on the first morning of the second Test, Ishant was barely managing to register the same speed so the theory of his greater pace and bounce was just theoretical.

Having said that, Kohli acknowledged Rahane's importance as a batsman. You don't know when a ball will get you out.

To drop him yet again is nearly too easy.

South Africa already lead the three-test series against top-ranked India 1-0 after winning in Cape Town last week. Whether we are playing five batsmen or six, you still need to apply yourself.

Why Is Rahane sitting out?

If Ajinkya Rahane doesn't play it would be a very foolish step on the touring team's part, and that's regardless of whether it comes at the expense of or in addition to Rohit Sharma in the middle-order.

Shikhar Dhawan was found waiting while facing the short stuff from South Africa.

The results can be rewarding, but for that, the men that matter, must continue to go with their gut. One of those spiteful deliveries that Sanjay Bangar bowled in the nets appeared to have taken off from a good length. Neither expert in the Sony Studios had him in their playing eleven.

The home captain though said the wicket at the Supersport Park is a lot browner than he thought.

This injury has created further headaches for the selection panel, as they try to decide who should replace the "Phalaborwa Express". Asking your wild cat to meow, doesn't make sense.

Kohli Makes Three Big Changes for Centurion Test, Legend Disapproves