South Africa vs India: Virat Kohli hints at inclusion of Rahane for final Test

Kohli expects it to be a typical Wanderers track which will be hard and have a lot of bounce to offer.

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Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Team India has had tough times on their tour to South Africa this season in the first two Tests. Having lost both the matches, the Virat Kohli led side only has pride to play for in the final Test of the series. There have been a lot of talk about the permutations and the combinations that the Indian team should go forward with for the lively track at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.

Amidst all the discussions, one name seems to be the common one. A lot of pundits believe that Ajinkya Rahane should get a look in for the final Test. He was not picked up in the side for the first two games. As per the recent quotes in IBTimes, skipper Virat Kohli hinted about Rahane being drafted in. Also, he did not rule out the option of going ahead with an all-pace bowling attack. This, potentially, could mean dropping R Ashwin to bring in Rahane.


“Chances of anything happening are very bright. There is lot of grass on the pitch. We would definitely look at that (all-pace attack) option. I am sure both teams would be thinking about those options. We have taken 40 wickets so far and have to figure out what is the best way for us to pick up 20 again in this Test match. We are going to have a discussion on that as well and the other combination of the whole team. We will have a clear picture by the end of this afternoon,” said the Indian captain.

On the pitch

Commenting on the nature of the track, Virat Kohli affirmed that it is very lively and the team had expected something of this sort. He expects it to be a typical Wanderers track which will be hard and have a lot of bounce to offer.

“It is definitely very different from the last game (in Centurion). I would say similar to Cape Town but bit more grass on it which we expected. It is going to be a very lively wicket throughout the course of the Test match. It is going to be a typical Wanderers wicket when there is good grass on it, the surface is going to be hard and good bounce as well. Pretty much on what was expected,” quoted Virat Kohli.

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