SA vs IND, 3rd Test: Indian batting coach hails Virat Kohli for being more disciplined
Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour hails Test captain Virat Kohli. He is more disciplined on Day 1 of the ongoing SA vs IND 3rd Test impressed him.
India were bowled out for 223 in the first innings of the ongoing third Test at Newlands, Cape Town. With skipper Kohli top-scoring with 79 runs. For the Proteas, Kagiso Rabada took four wickets.
“Virat’s batting style was never a matter of concern; he was batting well. I was never concerned as a batting coach that he wasn’t hitting well.”
“He was looking great in the nets and in the games. He was getting off to a strong start, and one positive change was that he was more disciplined today.”
I agree; he appeared to be very strong and capable. This could have been a big one with a little luck, but I’m pleased with the way he played today,” said Indian batting coach Rathour during a virtual press conference.
Rathour went on to say this regarding Virat: “A few tweaks here and there are inevitable. There will be no substantial modifications, and I do not believe that technical adjustments, if any, can be made when playing international cricket. Pujara’s posture has shifted to the legside, which has aided him little.”
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“Initially, South Africa was quite strict with Virat. This is how he reacted when he didn’t have many balls to drive and pull. He was in great shape until he exited the building. It wasn’t a premeditated decision; it was simply a break in concentration during the previous game when he chased a wide delivery. He hit a few cover drives today, and he chose the correct balls.”
South Africa’s total at stumps on Day 1 was 17/1, with the hosts still trailing by 206 runs. For the hosts, Aiden Markram (8*) and Keshav Maharaj (6*) are both unbeaten at the crease. Before the end of the game, Jasprit Bumrah took Dean Elgar’s wicket.
(With ANI Inputs)