South Africa v India 2nd Test - Changes expected for India?

Fans Question India's Team Selection After Opening Test Defeat Against South Africa

If India has to taste victory, the likes of Rohith Sharma and Virat Kohli, who are in sublime form, have to inevitably spend lot of time at the crease.

Whatever happens towards the latter part of the match, bounce will be a factor throughout and India know it. Rohit's failures have again tilted the tables in Rahane's favour.

"It's amusing how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days". There is a school of thought that a track replicating the one in the first Test could have seen India dropping the spinner altogether.

"The team we selected last week was the right team and it worked pretty well", said Du Plessis. "We're playing global cricket, representing the country at the highest level and everyone should be responsible enough to understand that they need to prepare in a way that they go along with the team's momentum", Kohli said explaining the individual responsibilities.

He (Rahane) is a quality player. They have done well in different atmospheric and pitch conditions in England, Australia and in South Africa, managing to win Tests if not series like they are used to back home. Despite Rahane's recent poor run, no one should have a doubt that he has been India's most consistent batsman in the current side when playing overseas. "I think there is a bright future ahead for him so I want to start that journey off with him".

"For us, at the moment, it's unknown". I am not saying that Ajinkya can not or will not start in this game. This of course is unlike Rohit-the-ODI-warrior, the very player that makes Kohli take a punt on him in Test matches, again and again.

"As far as the opening combination goes, we will decide today at the end of practice what is it that we are going to go within this game".

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The wicket promises ample pace and bounce, but doesn't have as much green grass unlike the Newlands' wicket, reckons Kohli. We need to bat well and I am very confident the team is capable of doing so.

The skipper feels that despite the flaws committed at Cape Town, his batting unit remains confident.

"Conditions that we like are when we get the ball that spins as little as possible".

No one can allege that India win Tests on doctored pitches any longer. It was a hindrance even in a highly-successful home season. And while Murali Vijay, a technically sound batsman who comes with the experience of two previous tours is likely to keep his place, Dhawan, much maligned for his performances on challenging wickets, looks likely to make way for KL Rahul. Small as the ground might be, it has given South Africa big returns in the last 10 years. We want to plug all those game. India, the No 1 ranked Test side, were comprehensively beaten and outclassed at Cape Town.

Brett Lee, Mitch Johnson, Shoaib Akhtar and Shane Bond all had their fair share of injuries, resulting in faltering performances in their last few years of global cricket, but Steyn's Test performances are still as good as in his peak years.

"Certainly myself and the coach's view is to always try and look for the aggressive approach, and whatever way we can have an advantage over a team". Like everything, defeating a cricket team can be hectically competitive.

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