Johannesburg: India’s regular Test captain Virat Kohli missed the second Test in Johannesburg due to a back spasm. He is expected to make a comeback in the third and deciding Test to be played in Cape Town. After losing the second Test by 7 wickets, there could not be good news for the Indian team.
Lokesh Rahul, who was India’s captain in the second Test, said, “Virat is feeling better now, he has netted, fielded and even run around the field in the last few days. I think he should be fine.” “
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Later in the press conference, head coach Rahul Dravid also made a similar point. Dravid said, “He should be fine by all means. He has got a chance to run around a bit, he has got a chance to practice, I just threw him down in the nets here but hopefully in Cape Town he Will be completely fine.” Dravid added, “I haven’t spoken in detail with Physio yet, but from talking to what I’ve been hearing, I think he’s really improving and in four days’ time.” Must be good to go in.”
If Kohli comes back, it could mean that Hanuma Vihari, who scored an unbeaten 40 in India’s second innings, could be back on the bench. India continued to support their senior batsmen. Vihari was named the first choice in place of Shreyas Iyer. Shreyas had scored a century in his very first Test.
Dravid praised Vihari. He also spoke about his contribution in the first innings. However, he added that young players always have to wait for their turn in international cricket. Dravid said, “First of all I think Vihari played really well in both the innings in this Test match. I think he got out unfortunately in the first innings. One ball came with unlimited bounce and his fingers were hit. But the fielder by the side took a hard catch and got him out. He batted beautifully in the second innings, which gave us a lot of confidence.”
Dravid said, “Shreyas has also done this in two or three Test matches, he has also scored runs and I think he should think that whenever he gets the opportunity he is doing well. Looking back at him Need to see that those who are our senior players today also had to wait for their time. In the beginning of their career they also had to score a lot of runs. That’s just the nature of the game and it will happen. So I think they are theirs. One can learn from the performance and the way Vihari batted in this match gave him a lot of confidence.”
Virat Kohli’s form may not have been that good but still his overall career average is 50. This suggests that his performance has not been as bad as the Twitter trolls and some media houses suggest.
Virat Kohli may not have touched triple digits for two consecutive years but he makes a valuable contribution to the middle order. Although in the year 2021, Virat Kohli scored 536 runs in Test matches but his average was only 28.
Apart from this, when Virat Kohli is on the field as a captain, the performance of fast bowlers is different as was seen in Centurion. The absence of Virat Kohli as captain was also felt in the final session of the second Test. When the Indian fast bowlers proved ineffective and conceded 122 runs before 30 overs.