‘We are in good form’ – Virat Kohli’s childhood coach backs India to bounce back in Cape Town Test
Rajkumar Sharma feels India will win the series 2-1.
Updated - Jan 10, 2022 6:30 pm
Virat Kohli is all set to be back in action for the Cape Town Test and his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma seems quite confident with the side staging a comeback. India did not have the best of outcomes in the second Test at Johannesburg against the Proteas but they still remain the favorites to win the series considering the experience. Mohammad Siraj’s injury will be a setback while Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma could still do the job for the side.
India missed their skipper badly in the second Test as the inconsistent middle order failed again in the first innings. Shardul Thakur‘s brilliant seven-wicket spell kept India in the game but South Africa came up with a fighting performance in the fourth innings to script down a memorable chase. The series is well poised at 1-1 and this will be the best opportunity for India to win their first series on Proteas soil.
India will definitely win the third Test: Rajkumar Sharma
As per reports from NDTV, Rajkumar made his predictions for the winner of the third Test, and he believes that India will hold the upper hand at Cape Town. He also added that the return of Kohli will add a lot more stability to the middle order that has been “on and off” and worried about the absence of Siraj in the side.
“India will definitely win the third Test and will secure a maiden series win, as we are in good form. However, we lost the second Test but there were opportunities there and some mistakes were made but I have full faith that skipper and coach Rahul Dravid will not repeat those mistakes,”
“With Virat coming back, there will be an effect on the middle-order as he absorbs a lot of pressure. In our bowling, Siraj’s fitness will be a key factor. If he will not play then who will play in place of him, Umesh or Ishant, that will be interesting to see.” Rajkumar told as quoted by NDTV
Meanwhile, Kohli is two Tests shy of playing his 100th Test and it is a huge milestone for a cricketer. His century drought for the last two years is expected to come to an end in the final Test as stated by his coach.
“He will bounce back with good performance. India’s batting order revolves around Virat,” Rajkumar added