While no one expected Hardik Pandya to play the first Test, he was drafted in by Kohli which was a very bold move. "He has a handsome out-swinger, runs in hard, bowls at 140s, and most importantly, he consistently bowls that line to first slip". The Indians also lost to England, but forced South Africa to share series 1-1 twice at home.
"He will fit into India's overseas plans very well though, because he bowls that away-swinging line". I was asked to name three top cricketers and I included Kohli in that list. Since then, he has led in 33 more matches until the second Test in Centurion this past week. Even on flat wickets like Centurion, Kumar can average 4 wickets per match. The next ball produced another poke from de Kock; this time, it was close enough to Parthiv for him to take the catch. Even so, de Villiers breathed a sigh of relief when Bumrah got one to keep low in the fourth over of the morning as well, but this time the line was just outside off stump. "That's why they (South Africa) are the victor", he added. "We have had opportunities to win in both games so that is the positive we can take out of it", he said. How many times has Ishant picked 8-9 wickets in a Test?
Indian captain Virat Kohli was unsparing in his analysis after India's streak of nine successive series wins was ended in emphatic fashion by South Africa on Wednesday.
"Virat Kohli is a fantastic batsman". Famously known for his breathtaking cover drives, the ferocious Indian batsman is also the 31st player to bag 900 points in the immensely followed cricket rankings for cricketers which are based on their recent performances. The manner in which he handled the bowling in the first innings made us believe he was playing on a different wicket against a different attack. They are known for their great batsmen and they've got really good bowlers as well. The only series they lost in unfamiliar conditions in the last decade or so was to India when Hashim Amla-captained team was mauled 0-3 in a four-Test series in 2015. He has made the biggest impact of South Africa's batsmen but other contributions have mattered too. Wanderers is a good wicket, it's normally a moving wicket. It doesn't help that Kohli has had to constantly shuffle his squad over the last 34 Tests. You are telling me that you could have played the best 11. We have two Right To Match cards, but we can't use that for Ashwin because we have already completed the quota of three Indian players. The pace and R Ashwin's off-spin combined, India have managed to scalp a South African wicket every 25.22 runs which is a massive improvement over their previous best of 29.03 in 2006-07. "At the end of the day this team looks like a team of good bowlers and one great batsman".