Virat Kohli needs someone to point out his mistakes: Virender Sehwag

Virat Kohli needs someone to point out his mistakes: Virender Sehwag

"There is also word that India will play five fast bowlers but they will have to be very careful because spin will be useful in a five-day game and variation is also important in a longer format", wrote the former India captain who remains a keen observer of the game.

While Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were able to grind India out of an early wobble when they departed India fell to pieces and were 187 all out.

India lost three wickets for no addition to the score in the space of 12 balls at that juncture.

A total of 34 Test matches have been played here and the team batting first has won 15 matches while the team bowling first has won 9 matches. He responded to the long-awaited single, and the crowd's jibe, with a broad grin.

Coming to the summary of the first two test matches, team India batting lineup got collapsed in the fourth innings especially.

That brought together the pair of Kohli and Pujara who would show a lot more restraint. This 84-run third-wicket partnership couldn't have done without him at the other end.

He had his share of luck too, dropped on 11 and 32 by Philander (at wide mid-off) and AB de Villiers (in the cordon) off Rabada and Morkel.

And with de Kock now short of runs with the bat - he's not passed 50 in his past 12 Test innings - the current strategy of picking just five frontline batsmen could be revisited for the Australia series.

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The South Africans bowled as a pack, with Kagiso Rabada collecting 3-39 and Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Andile Phehlukwayo collecting two each.

"I think if he had a really constructive person in his environment, who could talk to him, make him think, maybe even challenge him with some different ideas, in a constructive way, not an angry or aggressive way, but make him think, open his eyes to other possibilities, that would make him a really good leader", he added.

Then, there was South Africa captain Graeme Smith, whose words raised some eyebrows in Indian circles. It is the first time since Perth in January 2012 that India are fielding an all-pace attack in a Test match. The hosts have fielded four quicks in each of the first two Tests along with their sole specialist spinner, Keshav Maharaj, but may bench Maharaj in favour of a fifth seamer on what is expected to be a spicy surface.

The opening stages of the test were predictable.

The day started positively for the Proteas as India went to lunch on 45/2 after 27 overs after Vernon Philander and Rabada removed openers KL Rahul and and Murali Vijay inside ten overs as they struggled to acclimatise to the conditions.

The Saurashtra batsman continued to dig deep, reaching his 17th Test fifty off 179 deliveries but was immediately dismissed caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Phehlukwayo. Kohli played his shots while Pujara was rock solid with his defense and both scored half centuries.

It is more or less certain that Ajinkya Rahane will return to the middle-order.