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India vs South Africa: Escalating tussle, assertive drive – Virat Kohli gears up for third Test. Watch

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With the third Test set to begin on Tuesday, Virat Kohli spent some quality time in the nets gearing up to seal the win in the best possible way. He will be hoping to help India secure a historic Test series win – India’s first in South Africa. After leading his side to victory at Centurion, Kohli was absent for the second Test due to a back spasm, with KL Rahul leading the side in his absence. The visiting team lost the match by seven wickets. However, the regular Test captain has regained fitness and is ready to lead India in the decider. The BCCI shared a video of Kohli’s training session on social media where he can be seen displaying his impressive shots. Here is the video:

After winning the first Test by 113 runs, India’s batting performance in the second Test was disappointing.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant faced heavy criticism for their poor form.

Pujara scored three runs in 33 balls in the first innings with a half-century in the second innings. Rahane, who flopped in the first innings as well – registering his maiden golden duck – showed some encouraging signs with a 58-run stand.

Meanwhile, Pant could manage only 17 runs in 43 balls and then lost his wicket for a golden duck in the second innings.

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All eyes will be on Kohli for the third Test, especially because of his lack of big scores recently. The flamboyant batsman has failed to convert a good start in his last few innings. During the pre-match press conference, he said that he was not too worried about the criticism.

“This is not the first time people have spoken about my form, it has happened many times in my career. England was one of those phases in 2014. I don’t see myself through the lens that the outside world sees.” . . . . . . Standards are set by myself, they are not from the outside world, and more than anyone else, I take great pride in doing my best and performing for the team regularly,” he added .

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