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SA vs IND: Virat Kohli Was Disciplined, With Luck He Could Have Scored Big, Says Vikram Rathor



India’s batting coach Vikram Rathor on Tuesday said he was impressed by Test captain Virat Kohli’s discipline on the first day of the ongoing third Test against South Africa. Skipper Kohli top-scored with an innings of 79 runs as India were bundled out for 223 in the first innings of the ongoing third Test at Newlands in Cape Town. Kagiso Rabada took four wickets for the Proteas. “There was never any concern with the way Virat was batting, he was batting well. As a batting coach, I was never worried that he was not batting well. He was batting well in the nets. I was looking great and was very good at sports too. He was starting out, a nice change today was that he was more disciplined today. I agree with that, he looked really good and solid. A little bit With luck, it could have been a bigger one but I am happy with the way it played today,” Rathore said while answering ANI’s question during a virtual press conference.

Talking further about Virat, Rathore said: “There are always some adjustments here and there. No major changes, I don’t think you can make technical adjustments when you are playing international cricket, no technical Definitely not a change. Pujara has gone legside in his stance and it has helped him a bit.”

“South Africa was too disciplined for Virat initially. He was not getting many deliveries to drive and pull, that’s how he replied. He was looking really good till he got out. I mean it was a conscious one. Doesn’t matter, it was a lack of concentration in the last game when he chased a wide delivery. He played some cover drives today, he picked up the right deliveries.”

South Africa were 17/1 at stumps on day one and the hosts are still trailing by 206 runs. Aiden Markram (8*) and Keshav Maharaj (6*) are currently unbeaten at the crease for the hosts. Before the end of the game, Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of Dean Elgar.

Talking about India’s batting performance, Rathore said: “These are challenging conditions, scoring runs is not easy but we are still at par. We should have scored at least 50-60 more runs, that’s what we are hoping for.” That’s it, Virat played a brilliant innings, Pujara was looking good but then he bowled a good spell, the conditions were bad, it was challenging to bat. But there were some soft outs in the latter part of the innings.”

When asked about Ajinkya Rahane’s form, Rathore said: “There is no specific number being discussed, he is trying his best and he is looking really good in the nets. He has played in this series as well. Played some useful innings. He needs to convert one. He started off as a great start and that’s what he’s trying to do. We as management are hoping he comes out well.”


“I can assure you that this management would like to give less than one chance, so we will always consider that,” he said.

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