Extended nets for Rahane & Rahul

India vs South Africa Virat Kohli tells why he picked Shikhar Dhawan over KL Rahul in 1st Test

Kohli blames inept batting for Newlands loss

Having more diverse pitches would not only give India's fast bowling attack better chances of success but would also help the team prevent the kind of batting debacle seen in the first Test in India's ongoing South Africa tour.

It is improbable to the point of being impossible that any human being, or rented broadcast camera for that matter, has witnessed as much Test cricket as Richie.

There was enough to please India about their performance in that first Test, but also several areas that could be improved.

Rohit Sharma's inclusion ahead of Ajinkya Rahane was also one of the hottest topics of debate after India was humbled in Cape Town and the team management can address the concern in the second game.

Meanwhile, South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has warned the visitors that the pace barrage they faced in the first Test will continue through the series despite the absence of injured Dale Steyn. The right-hand batsman exclusively led India's counter-attack in the first Test and scored 93 runs in 95 balls in the first innings.

That more than suggests that either both will be accommodated after the side's failure with the bat in Cape Town or Rahul will open with Murali Vijay in place of Shikhar Dhawan. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back. His 13 of 14 Test hundreds have come in subcontinent conditions. Rahul is undoubtedly better equipped to play the situation, but he is not the form player at the moment.

Similarly, in the pace department, Jasprit Bumrah was handed debut straightaway with the more experienced likes of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav warming the benches. Bumrah continued to bowl his spells in his unorthodox ways as he collected four wickets in the two innings he played, where the biggest fish he caught twice was swashbuckler AB de Villiers. His selection was a roll of the dice, if the think-tank were to be honest, but one that paid off richly. The impressive performances of Khan, Ashish Nehra and Javagal Srinath powered India into the final of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

"He's a quality player, he's done well in South Africa, all conditions actually away from home". All-rounder Hardik Panda was the only batsman who managed to score a half-century in the Test match while other batsmen struggled.

Being beaten so efficiently by a team who were on the back foot and should have been kept there wasn't part of the script the Indians brought with them for a series that‚ they said‚ they were ready to claim for what would be the first time in South Africa.

"These things can always be looked at in hindsight - thinking what if or what if not". But, there is a reason why captains, coaches and selectors are paid what they are, acknowledged for their experience and acumen, and given those posts.

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