Kohli mulls change in playing 11

KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya

"Obviously we thought that the team that we selected last week was the right team and it worked very well‚" Du Plessis said.

On India's 2013/14 tour of South Africa Rahane scored 47, 15, 51 not out and 96 in the two Test matches and looked one of the best-equipped Indian batsmen against pace.

It is only the second match in India's 12-Test long overseas schedule in 2018-19, and already they are faced with a must-not-lose situation in a bid to keep this series alive. For us it's about making sure we don't take a step back and rely on a 1-0 lead.

Borde described the current Indian team as one of the best sides to visit South Africa and exuded confidence that the visitors would make a strong comeback in the second Test which commences in Centurion tomorrow.

The situation is different now, and also the conditions.

On the morning of the fourth day of the first Test, when South Africa resumed batting with overnight batsmen Kagiso Rabada (nightwatchman) and Hashim Amla at the crease, the mood was upbeat inside the hosts' dressing room. It is not that the batsmen have not coped with such conditions.

Although Centurion is Du Plessis' home ground, he said the pitch looked unusual. Moreover, India have had only one 100-run stand in the 16 Test wins since 2000 outside the sub-continent - that was against England in Nottingham in 2007. That is the only way India can counter South Africa's pace battery on a 'lively' pitch. For that matter, Kohli did not blame the Newlands pitch for his team's defeat, he was all praise for it as it had something for everyone.

Borde also said he would like to see K L Rahul in the playing eleven instead of Shikhar Dhawan when asked whether such a switch needs to be done.

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India will square off against a redoubtable South Africa in the do-or-die second Test, starting in Centurion, South Africa, on Saturday. I said that match was one of the best I played in because there were so many ups and downs for both teams.

The South Africa tour was already going to be hard for the Indian team but the visitors, high on their nine successive Test series wins (largely at home), would have backed themselves to chase down that target in the lead-up to the first game of the three-game rubber.

It only proves that there is still plenty of cricket to be played. We feel in test cricket every ball is an event and we need to be at the top of the game to win that event and that's why it tests you more than any other format.

In case of Rahane too, things seems pretty unclear because even though he batted at the nets with Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, Rahane's was the shortest stint.

Don't forget the year 2017 belonged to both Kohli and Rohit, who had shone across the formats.

"Vijay used to leave the ball outside the off stump and I am surprised that he was chasing that ball". "When you compare them to South Africas pace attack, they do lack a bit of pace, bowling in the mid-130s". Dhawan tried doing it and did not succeed. The entire extent of Bumrah's effort can not be ascertained through his second innings figures that read 3-39 from 11.2 overs.

Ganguly also had some great words for Hardik Pandya as he was impressed with the 24-year-old's performance. However, Rahane has to be included in the side anyhow.

So, how do you finalise the playing XI for the second Test?

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