Ajinkya Rahane (Left) and Virat Kohli have taken India's lead past 400 © AFP
Ajinkya Rahane (Left) and Virat Kohli have taken India’s lead past 400 © AFP

The way Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have batted in this match, one wonders as to why the other batsmen from both teams did not play similarly and get runs. The duo put on 70 for the fourth wicket in the first innings at Delhi when India had lost a couple of quick wickets and have now put on 133 runs for the fifth wicket, again when South Africa had struck in quick time. Together Kohli and Rahane have added 203 runs in this match and will look to add more when play resumes on Day Four.FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

India are ahead by 403 runs in this match and in all probability, the match is already sealed in favour of India. Kohli got a score of 50 or above after for the first time in eight innings and has the chance to score his 12th Test hundred on Day Four. It would certainly give him a world of confidence. Rahane has already scored a century in this match and it is good to see him being patient and showing great temperament that everyone knows he has. Full Cricket Updates: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test, Day 3 at Delhi

Kohli however had a stroke of luck in the second innings when he was adjudged caught behind toa Imran Tahir delivery. The umpires then asked Kohli to return to the crease as the replays clearly showed that Tahir’s foot was not behind the ball. He cashed on it and has not looked back ever since. You need some sort of luck to go on to make a big score. We have seen many players get a huge score after surviving a scare or two during the course of their innings.

Rahane to his credit has been outstanding in both innings. His place in the side was under scrutiny as he had a string of low scores. One felt India could perhaps field fresh players like Gurkeerat Singh, who is a handy all-rounder.The team management stuck to him and he has delivered. This was Rahane’s maiden ton at home and it could not have come at a better time for India.

The partnership between Kohli and Rahane’ gives us an idea on how all the batsmen should have batted in the entire series. It is highly important to weather the storm early on and once they get the hang of the behaviour of the pitch, then go for the shots. Being responsible at Test level is they key and in this innings both showed immense maturity. In this series, batsmen have just not spent enough time at the crease and when they think they have, they got out to extravagant and overambitious strokes shots. It wasn’t the case with Kohli and Rahane today as they were determined to play out the entire day and although they got just 133 from 50 overs that they batted, they will be happy with fact that they have six wickets in the bank going into Day Four.

Shikhar Dhawan is the perfect example of not cashing in after getting a good start. In the Delhi Test for instance he got out soon after lunch on both occasions after toiling hard in the first session. Just when one thinks that he has gotten the hang of the pitch, he was dismissed. But it is good to see that he is finally putting a price on his wicket.

The Kohli-Rahane partnership has given a glimpse of Sachin Tendulkar-VVS Laxman batting together. Tendulkar and Laxman on so many occasions dug India out of trouble coming in at No. 4 and No. 6 respectively. Kohli and Rahane still have a long way to go before they can put themselves in the same league as those legends, but it is a good beginning.

(PramodAnanth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)