Posted on: January 12, 2022
India batting coach Vikram Rathour says with a little luck captain Virat Kohli could have turned his half-century on the first day of the Cape Town Test for the overall situation. Rathour praised Kohli for showing great discipline in Tuesday’s Test 79, the second-slowest Test 50 of his career.
While Kohli was the top scorer in India, the visitors failed as a batting unit and were cleared for 223 runs after winning the toss and batting first.Apart from the captain, Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 43 points but the rest didn’t make much of an impact
In a virtual press conference at the end of the first day of games, Latour claimed that Virat’s batting style never received attention. He said: “As a batting coach, I was never worried about him playing badly. He looked really good in the Nets and he was very good in the game. He’s starting and a good change today is He was more disciplined today. I agree with that, he looked really good and solid. With luck it could be a big game, but I’m happy with how he played today.”
The batting coach admitted that South Africa was initially very disciplined with Kohli and didn’t give him much ball to drive and pull. Rathour added: “Before he left, he looked really good. I mean it wasn’t a conscious thing, just inattention when he was chasing a wide pass in the last game. He played today Some screens, he picked the right ball.”
In India’s batting effort, Latour admitted the visitors were under par. According to the coach, India should score another 50-60. He said: “These are challenging conditions, they’re not easy to score, but we were under par even today. We should have at least run 50-60 more runs, that’s what we’re looking for. That’s the way it is, Virat had an amazing inning and Pujara looked good, but then they had a good spell and the conditions were cloudy and the batting was challenging. But there were some soft dismissals in the second half.”
South Africa finished Day 1 on the 17th with 1 point. Aiden Markram (8*) and Keshav Maharaj (6*) were at the crease while Dean Elgar was dismissed with 3 points.
– a cricket reporter