Team India suffered a forgettable seven-wicket loss against South Africa in the second Test of the three-match series in Johannesburg. KL Rahul served as the stand-in captain for the Johannesburg Test in the absence of Virat Kohli. The regular Test captain of Team India sustained an upper back spasm ahead of the second game and was eventually ruled out from the fixture. Meanwhile, India head coach, Rahul Dravid has confirmed that Virat Kohli is most likely to make a comeback for the Cape Town Test.
During the post-match press conference, Rahul Dravid said, “From all accounts, he should be fine. He’s had the opportunity to run around a little bit, he’s had the opportunity to test it a little bit, I’ll be down only now at the moment in the nets with a few throwdowns and stuff, so hopefully, with a few net sessions in Cape Town, he should be good to go.”
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He further added, “I haven’t had a detailed discussion with the physio as yet, but from everything I’m hearing and from just having a chat with him, he’s really improving and should be good to go in four days’ time.”
Hanuma Vihar replaced injured Virat Kohli in India playing XI for the Johannesburg Test, and the former played crucial knocks of 20 and 40 not out in the first and second innings of the match. With Kohli returning for the Cape Town Test, Vihari’s chances of playing the series decider is doubtful. However, Dravid heaped praise on Vihari for his crucial knocks in both innings of the Johannesburg Test.
Eplxaining the same, Rahul Dravid said, “Firstly I think Vihari played really well in this Test match, in both innings in fact. I think in the first innings he got a nasty one, unfortunately for him, it popped up and the fielder got his fingertips to it and took a really good catch, and he batted beautifully in the second innings, so that gives us a lot of confidence.”
India has another injury concern while heading to the series decider in Cape Town. Mohammed Siraj, who displayed a brilliant performance in the first fixture of the series could bowl only 15.5 overs in the second Test match due to hamstring trouble. Reflecting on the pacer’s fitness, Rahul Dravid stated that the medical will be monitoring Siraj for the next two days.
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Elaborating the same, Rahul Dravid said, “Siraj, we’ll have to monitor him over the next couple of days. He’s been feeling better with each day, he’s starting to get more and more confident with his bowling, especially with what happened on the field with his hamstring, it’s not easy to come back from that and go 100% straightaway.”