SA vs IND: KL Rahul believes Virat Kohli will be fine for the 3rd Test;

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SA vs IND: KL Rahul believes Virat Kohli will be fine for the 3rd Test – Virat Kohli already is in the nets and “should be good” for the Test series finale against South Africa, according to India’s stand-in skipper KL Rahul on Thursday.

Due to upper back spasms, skipper Kohli was ruled out of the second Test.

South Africa won the second Test by seven wickets, bringing the series to a close.
“Virat is feeling better already; he’s been in the nets the last few of days fielding and jogging about, and I think he’ll be OK,” Rahul said after the game.

During the media session, head coach Rahul Dravid also provided an update on Kohli’s fitness.

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“He’s going promising and hitting the nets.” “He’ll be OK after a couple of practises in Cape Town,” stated the coach.

Rahul also addressed Mohammad Siraj’s hamstring injury sustained during the second Test. Despite the injury, Siraj continued to bowl in the game, but he was far from his best.
“Siraj is feeling better by the day. A few of days off could be really beneficial to him. But we have quality on our bench as well, with Ishant and Umesh standing by.

“I’m looking forward to visiting Cape Town.” Every game was supposed to be competitive. A loss like this is disheartening, but we’ve always been a squad that becomes hungrier after a setback. South Africa deserves credit for their batting performance.” Said Rahul.

‘We were 60-70 runs short in first innings’: KL Rahul.

SA vs IND: KL Rahul believes Virat Kohli will be fine for the 3rd Test

India were favourites with South Africa chasing 240 on a tough surface, but the hosts produced a spectacular batting display to record a comfortable win.

Rahul stated that their below-par first innings score of 202 made a significant difference in the game’s outcome.

“We all thought we could do something exceptional; 122 (on day four) wasn’t going to be easy to score since the pitch was up and down, but as I mentioned, the South African batsmen were tenacious and got the job done. If I were to be severe, after winning the toss, we could have added 60-70 runs.”

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South Africa’s captain hit a match-winning and unbroken 96 on day four to seal a memorable victory for his squad. On the way, he sustained a number of blows to the body, which were seen in his gritty knock.

“I’d like to think that the knocks I receive make me even more eager to perform.” Some would call it dumb, while others would call it courageous. The greater picture is that we win.

“We struggled to put together a consistent batting lineup, and we had to be patient.”

“We’ve given those jobs to players we believe can fill them, and it’s nice to see them succeed,” added the southpaw.

(With PTI Inputs)

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