Vikram Rathour was impressed with Kohli’s discipline on day 1 of the third Test
Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour said that he was impressed with Kohli’s control on Day 1 of the third test against South Africa while Kohli played a knock of 79 runs as India put 223 runs on the board.
Kohli was a top-scorer with a 79 off 223 balls in the first innings of the ongoing test at Newlands, Cape Town. Kagiso Rabada picked up four wickets for South Africa.
“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 started, 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,”said Rathour while replying to ANI question during a virtual press conference.
While talking about Kohli, Rathour said:
“There are always a few adjustments here and there. No major changes, I do not think when you are playing international cricket, you can make technical adjustments, not any technical changes. Pujara has gone to legside in his stance and that has helped him a little bit.”
“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 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.”
South Africa is on 17/1 after the end of day 1 and 206 runs behind from the trail with nine wickets in hand. Aiden Markram and Keshav Maharaj were on the pitch while Rabada sent out the Eager to the pavilion and got the first breakthrough for India.
Talking about India’s batting form, Rathour said:
“These are challenging conditions, they are not easy to score runs but we are below par even today. We should have scored at least 50-60 runs more, that’s what we were expecting. That’s the thing, Virat played a phenomenal inning, Pujara was looking good but then they bowled a good spell, conditions were overcast, it was challenging for batting. But there were some soft dismissals in the latter part of the innings.”
When asked about Ajinkya Rahane performance, Rathour said:
“No specific numbers are being discussed, he is trying his best and he is looking good in the nets. He has played some useful knocks in this series as well. He needs to convert one of his starts into a big one and that is what he is trying for. We are hoping as management that he comes good.”
“I can assure you that this management would want to give one extra chance than one less so we will always think along those lines,”he added.