India batting coach Vikram Rathour lauded the efforts of Virat Kohli as the India captain showed immense patience in his offside play on the first day of the third test match.
Kohli played a disciplined knock of 79 runs which was full of some gorgeous cover drives though India bowled out for a below-par score of 223 as other batters didn’t contribute much.
“With a bit of luck, Virat Kohli could have converted this into a big one”
However, the batting coach Rathour said that there was never a doubt about Kohli’s form. The way he was batting in the nets, big score was always round the corner. Notable that Kohli hasn’t scored a hundred since November 2019 so there were lots of chatters if the India captain lost his mojo.
“There was never a concern with the way he (Kohli) was batting, I mean he was always batting well, I thought as a batting coach, I was never concerned that he is not batting well, he was looking very good in the nets, he was looking very good in the game also, he was getting starts. One good change today, he was more disciplined, I agree with that, so he really looked good, really good solid and with a bit of (more) luck, he could have converted into a big one, but I am happy (with) the way he played,” Vikram Rathour said in the post-day press conference.
However, the coach showed his disappointment for the lack of effort from other batters as he said that there were too many soft dismissals in the second half of the innings. He rated India’s score as 50-60 runs below par.
“Virat played a phenomenal innings…Pujara was looking really good, but then they bowled a good spell in the morning, the conditions were overcast and they were challenging (for batting), but again I thought there were some soft dismissals in the latter part of the innings, we could have done better definitely,” said Vikram Rathour
“These are challenging conditions, not easy conditions to score runs in, but you are right, we are below par. We could have scored 50/60 more runs, that’s what we were at-least expecting,” he added.
Though Rathour expects Indian bowling to restrict South Africa to as low as possible. South Africa finished the day with a score of 17/1 as they lost the wicket of Dean Elgar.