Rahul likely to replace Dhawan for Centurion Test

Rahul likely to replace Dhawan for Centurion Test

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.

According to a report in a leading daily, India opener KL Rahul in all certainty will replace Shikhar Dhawan and will partner Murali Vijay. Their record is basically chalk and cheese when it comes to overseas Tests.

"India will play five bowlers because the problem is not with your fifth bowler batting option".

Opening batsman Aiden Markram had indicated that the wicket won't have as much green on the wicket, saying that it won't be as "extreme" as Cape Town. Look at Cheteshwar Pujara. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions. His 13 of 14 Test hundreds have come in subcontinent conditions.

"I wouldn't tinker with the bowling line-up".

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Indeed, after a successful Test series against the Sri Lankans, Rohit had pushed his case even further when he hit an unprecedented third career double-century in one-day internationals, followed by a second Twenty20 worldwide hundred a few days after.

The Indian skipper, who scored just 5 runs in the first innings, could manage 28 runs before being dismissed by Vernon Philander. He'd conceded 73 runs for De Villiers' wicket in the first innings - which proved costly ultimately - and in the second, in picking up three wickets, he went for just 39 runs. There's not been a single fifty from the order. Preparation is important and India have lost a bit there and faced not much of criticism. "They still have two more Tests to play and I feel all the matches will produce results", Ganguly wrote in a column for Times of India.

"My basic motto is not to get too excited after some success, or get too down when things are tough but take the confidence from the previous match and move forward", he said.

"In the first innings we thought we bowled a little fuller than the normal because in India the wickets are different where we have to pitch fuller to get the swing and to get the batsmen on the front foot. But we made a decision to go with this combination, and current form was definitely the criteria".

India's top order was among runs prior to the series but those runs were scored in India and conditions similar to sub-continent pitches in the West Indies and Sri Lanka. 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.

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