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South Africa vs India: Harbhajan Singh makes big statement on Virat Kohli before series decider

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Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is hopeful that Virat Kohli will end his century drought in the series-deciding third and final Test against South Africa, starting in Cape Town on Tuesday. Kohli, who missed the second Test in Johannesburg which India lost by 7 wickets, will return to the team for the third Test after recovering from a back spasm. The Indian Test captain has not been at the top of his game in red-ball cricket for the past few years. He hasn’t scored an international century in more than two years. Kohli’s last century came against Bangladesh in a Day-Night Test match in Kolkata in November 2019.

Harbhajan said on his YouTube channel, “Virat Kohli will make a comeback in this Test. I hope he breaks his century in this match, it has been a long time since we have seen a century from him.”

During the pre-match press conference, Kohli said that he is not bothered by the criticism at all.

“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.” is with me. The standards are set by myself, they are not from the outside world, and more than anyone else, I am very proud to do my best and perform regularly for the team,” Kohli said on Monday.

Meanwhile, Harbhajan also expressed hope that experienced Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara would make big scores.

“Hopefully with them Pujara, Rahane and other senior players will show their strength once again. They have scored 50 runs but I would expect them to convert it into hundreds,” Harbhajan said.

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Both Pujara and Rahane showed signs of returning to form with half-centuries in India’s second innings in the Johannesburg Test.

“The doubts on the selection of Pujara and Rahane have eased a bit as both batted brilliantly for their half-centuries. They couldn’t convert it into hundreds, but because these were important innings, I think they cleared the road a bit. Harbhajan said, ‘Don’t worry about being dropped… Well done Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, both are senior players and it feels great when senior players come forward to perform.’

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