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Fans Question India's Team Selection After Opening Test Defeat Against South Africa

Both Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul were ignored for the first Test against South Africa

Surely he would have known that the ball would bounce higher in South Africa, but his instincts were not in sync with his mind. "What matters is what we are going to do from tomorrow onwards to try and win this Test match", Kohli put up a fearless front as he signed off.

With the 2nd Test Match starting today, India has to get their act together if they really have to make an impact. As a result, South Africa have added Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi as cover.

"It was in that light that Chris Morris came into the mix".

The Supersport Park surface is one that may assist men like Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel to intimidate the opposing batsmen out.

In the latest video shared by BCCI, India's time-served Test spinner Ravi Ashwin tried his hands at fast bowling and for a novice, he did well. They have a selection conundrum. The only way India can include Rahane in the eleven is if they decide to drop R Ashwin, a decision that's unlikely at Centurion. That experiment could be short-lived as Rahane could return to the team. The bowling, for a change, does not need much addressing.

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Ashwin shared a crucial 49-run eighth wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to resurrect India's second innings after they were reduced to 82 for 7.

Benching Lokesh Rahul to open with and Murali Vijay; benching Ajinkya Rahane at No. 5 and opting for Rohit Sharma; and not roping in the tall Ishant Sharma to take advantage of the Newlands wicket still remain a topic of discussion and will continue to, perhaps, until the start of the second Test. South African skipper and local boy Faf du Plessis said he was surprised by the brown layer of grass on the pitch, a sight that was new to him. Steyn picked up an injury to his left heel in the last over before tea on day two of the first match. However, with the weather being quite warm, it could deteriorate on the final two days, which means that the spinners could play a part on those days. Young KL Rahul is technically better suited for South African conditions and must get a look in at Centurion. India and South Africa have faced each other just once here in 2010.

AB de Villiers: The expectation from him is the same as anyone in the team.

Overall, the Proteas have won 14 and lost 10 out of their 34 Tests against India. The impressive performances of Khan, Ashish Nehra and Javagal Srinath powered India into the final of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. He'd conceded 73 runs for De Villiers' wicket in the first innings - which proved costly ultimately - and in the second, in picking up three wickets, he went for just 39 runs. He will be the seventh India pacer to achieve this feat. "When you compare them to South Africas pace attack, they do lack a bit of pace, bowling in the mid-130s".

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