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Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria feels that the bowling changes made by stand-in skipper KL Rahul in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa were not good. However, he said that criticising Rahul too much won’t be right because he was leading the team for the first time in the longest format of the game.

Rahul was appointed as the skipper of the Indian team after Virat Kohli was ruled out of the second Test match against South Africa due to a back spasm. Rahul-led India lost the match by 7 wickets and the series is now levelled at 1-1 with the last match taking from January 11-15, at the Newlands, Cape Town.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Kaneria said that the original Indian Test captain Virat Kohli and head coach Rahul Dravid should have sent instructions to the stand-in skipper regarding the bowling changes on Day 4. He stated:

“Team India were on the backfoot, they should have made South Africa work hard for their runs. But that did not happen, they scored the remaining runs very easily. The bowling and the bowling changes were not good. Can’t criticize KL Rahul too much as he is captaining for the first time. But, the think tank of Kohli and Dravid should have sent instructions regarding the bowling changes and bowling areas.”

If India Bowl Like This It Would Be Difficult For Them To Win The Third Test – Danish Kaneria

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India are looking forward to winning their first-ever Test series on South African soil. However, former Pakistan cricketer feels if Indian bowlers continue bowling as they did in the second Test it will become difficult for them to win the third Test. He asserted:

This win will give South Africa a lot of confidence heading into the third Test. India had a good opportunity to win this Test and seal the series. But if India bowl like this it would be difficult for them to win the third Test as well. Batters will have to contribute as well.”

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