Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour was extremely pleased with the way Indian captain, Virat Kohli, batted on Day 1 of the Cape Town Test but insisted that there were no worries over Kohli’s form of late.
Since November 2019, Kohli hasn’t scored a century in international cricket. He looked well set to change it but ended up getting out for 79 after a long and patient inning.
“There was never a concern with the way Virat was batting, he was batting well. As a batting coach, I was never concerned that he is not batting well. He was looking very good in the nets and very good in the games also.“
“He was getting starts, one good change today was that he was more disciplined today. I agree with that, he looked really good and solid. With a bit of luck, this could have been a big one but I am happy with the way he played today,” Rathour said in a virtual press conference.
“He was looking really good till the point he got out” – Vikram Rathour
Rathour also added that there were no changes in the technical aspect of Kohli’s batting. In addition, the South African bowlers were bowling very well with a bit of assistance from the surface and conditions but Kohli managed to fight through it all.
“South Africa was very disciplined to Virat initially. He was not getting many balls to drive and pull, this is how he responded. He was looking really good till the point he got out. I mean it is not a conscious thing. It was just a lapse of concentration in the last game when he chased a wide delivery. He played some cover drives today, he picked the right balls,” Rathour mentioned.
India folded up for 223 in the first innings of the third Test after opting to bat first. At the end of the day’s play, Jasprit Bumrah managed to snag the wicket of Dean Elgar to even out the day’s proceedings.