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India could change opening combination, says Kohli

Either Shikhar Dhawan or Murali Vijay could be set for the chop when India take on South Africa in the second Test on Saturday.

NEWS
12 Jan 2018, 21:12 IST
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India captain Virat Kohli

India are considering changing their opening combination for the second Test against South Africa in Centurion, captain Virat Kohli has confirmed.

Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan struggled in both innings of the 72-run defeat in Cape Town, Vijay making just 14 across his two knocks.

KL Rahul is consequently in the running for a starting berth as India, the top-ranked Test team, attempt to avoid a first series defeat in 11, though Kohli assured he was calm about the batting unit as a whole.

He said: "As far as the opening combination is concerned, we are going to decide in the practice session what we are going to go with in this game… whether we will go with a different opening combination.

"We still talk about combinations that we will go with but it is about getting the right balance.

"Having said that, there is definitely no need to panic as a batting unit because of collapses. Whether we play five batsmen or six, the batsmen have to apply themselves better.

"One needs to have a solid technique and face bowling spells. We need to embrace that."

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was surprised by seeing "brown grass" on the wicket in Centurion, but Kohli backed his team to adequately cope with the conditions.

"We must not get surprised by the bounce here. We have to maintain composure when you get sudden change of bounce, which you experience in South Africa," added the skipper.

"I feel that definitely the batting order, through mistakes we committed in the first game and through the experience we gained in the first game, we are certainly in a much better shape to come at their bowling attack in this Test."

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