Sourav Ganguly disagrees with Virat Kohli's comments after 1st Test loss

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He said: "As far as the opening combination is concerned, we are going to decide in the practice session what we are going to go with in this game... whether we will go with a different opening combination". South African speedsters will once again look to pepper the batsmen with short-pitched deliveries on a pitch which has traditionally helped seamers.

Ganguly's comments were in response to Virat Kohli's post-match press conference where he defended Rohit Sharma's inclusion by saying that they looked at his recent performances. "I have played on similar sorts of pitches in the past, at Headingley or the Wanderers, and though India finished on the winning side then, the bowlers were always in the game".

India lost the first Test by 72 runs within four days, with Vernon Philander wreaking havoc with his pace and swing.

In contrast, the Karnataka batsman has been in good touch and with both the openers failing in the first Test, Rahul is likely to pad up along with Vijay for the second Test at Centurion, starting Saturday.

Indeed, after a successful Test series against the Sri Lankans, Rohit had pushed his case even further when he hit an unprecedented third career double-century in one-day internationals, followed by a second Twenty20 global hundred a few days after. "So you are basically depending on Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli as the two best performers in overseas conditions", Sourav said. Whether we are playing five batsmen or six, you still need to apply yourself.

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"One needs to have a solid technique and face bowling spells. We need to embrace that", he noted. I just tried to spur my boys on; that's what we tend to focus on. Kohli backed his decision to play Rohit Sharma and offered no assurances of a possible comeback for his deputy.

"When you're playing at home you play to your strengths and at the moment we have some high quality fast bowlers. It is fine to go by current form, but they should not have overlooked the performances of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane in overseas conditions in the past few years", Ganguly told India Today.

Rahane averages 53.44 in overseas conditions, including Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh while his average in South Africa rises to 69.66 from four innings. "We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and talk of the town and all those sort of things". He's performing for us now, even away from home. You get a fair idea about where to bowl and what kind of lines to bowl. "That knock was brilliant", Kohli said.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "But it is important we stay positive and confident as a team. looking forward to the next game".

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