Johannesburg: Regular red-ball captain, Virat Kohli missed the second Test against South Africa due to a lower back spasm as KL Rahul who led India in the former’s absence fell to a 7-wicket loss on the hands of the home side. Leading up to the third and Final Test in Cape Town, head coach Rahul Dravid says that Kohli looks fine and he should be good to go in the 3rd Test.
“Virat Kohli should be fine from all accounts, he should be fine. He has had the opportunity to run around a little bit, he has had the opportunity to test it a little bit. Hopefully with a couple of net sessions in Cape Town, he should be good to go. Everything I am hearing and just having a chat with him, he should be good to go in four days time,” Dravid said in a virtual press conference.
Reflecting on the batting performance in the recently concluded Test, the former India international believes that the players who got good starts should have converted them into 100s like Dean Elgar’s unbeaten knock won it for the hosts.
“Certainly, we would like to bat a little better. Maybe the guys who got starts could have converted them into 100s. That was the difference in the first game, we had Rahul scoring century for us and we ended up on the winning side. Dean Elgar scored 96 in this Test and South Africa ended up on the winning side,” he said.
The India legend was in praise of Hanuma Vihari who replaced injured Kohli in the starting XI. He said he took full use of the opportunity and played well in both the innings.
“Hanuma Vihari played really well in both the innings. He batted beautifully in the second innings, Shreyas Iyer batted well for us in the past. The guys have to take heart from the fact that they are doing well when the opportunity is presenting itself. It happens, it is the nature of the sport and we can take confidence from the way Vihari batted in this game,” Dravid told.
Dravid said that team weren’t complacent but were in the game and a little bit of luck might have changed the course of the game in their favor.
“I would not say we were complacent in this game, we were in this game. We felt 240 in the final innings would not be easy to defend, but with little bit of luck, we would have had much better chance. It is something an area we can look to get better at, but I would not put it down to being complacent,” he added.