Shikhar Dhawan to be benched in the 2nd Test against South Africa

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Ganguly's comments were in response to Virat Kohli's post-match press conference where he defended Rohit Sharma's inclusion by saying that they looked at his recent performances. Ajinkya Rahane, who has succeeded in overseas conditions over the last few years, was left out and it didn't take long for experts to start questioning the move. Rohit, picked over Rahane after a prolific series against Sri Lanka, managed only 11 and 10 in the two innings despite showing gumption to fight his way out of a tight corner. "With (Chris) Morris coming in, they will have more strength in batting and that will help them in the series", Ganguly said. "I'm a very fast bowling-minded coach and I guess we'll always have to find a balance with whether or not we can get four fast bowlers in the team, first of all", Gibson stated. All the batters have not scored runs. You got to put this behind and try and comeback stronger in the next Test. Preparation is important and India have lost a bit there and faced not much of criticism. However, it is now confirmed that India will go in with at least one change as Karnataka opener Lokesh Rahul - who sat in the first Test - will return to the playing eleven at the Centurion for the second Test match that begins on Saturday.

Dhawan also failed to repay the faith the team management showed in him by not showing the willingness to grind it out in tough conditions. "Their record is basically chalk and cheese when it comes to overseas Tests". On the other hand, KL Rahul has scored three of his four centuries in overseas conditions while Ajinkya Rahane has been the standout performer for his team with six hundreds and nine fifties in away Tests. Star batsman AB de Villiers made a composed fifty in the 1st innings and also batted until the end in the 2nd innings as the Indian bowlers ran through the line-up. "If we apply ourselves well and good enough, as I said, we will give ourselves chance to have a crack at the result which was the in this game also".

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"I think, we let ourselves down with the bat, that's for sure", Kohli said.

Rahane has a Test century in New Zealand, England, Australia, Sri Lanka and West Indies, just missing out in South Africa and Bangladesh by a couple of runs, while Rahul too has three centuries on foreign pitches.

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