Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 189 for the third wicket    AFP
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 189 for the third wicket AFP

Much has been debated over Ajinkya Rahane s position in the limited-overs side. Virat Kohli and the team management did hint towards Rahane being a permanent No.4 in the ODIs, a move that everyone witnessed at Durban against South Africa. Rahane picked ahead of the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey, displayed exquisite batting in the middle.

Rahane along with Kohli put a 189-run stand for the third wicket that laid platform to India s 6 wickets win. This was also the pair s third consecutive 100+ stand, only affirming Rahane s importance. Kohli in the post-match presentation spoke lauded Rahane for his show.

He said, Jinx (Rahane) is a top class player. We understood fast bowling was going to be a big factor in this tour. He was superb, he took on the fast bowlers. Rahane was eventually out for 79, while Kohli scored his 33rd ODI hundred.

Speaking about India s win win at Durban over South Africa, Kohli said, “First match of the series is important. We wanted to take the momentum of the (third) Test win into this and when we restricted South Africa to 270 on this sort of a pitch, we were happy.

Kohli was heard speaking highly of India s bowling attack, in particular Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

He said, “Bhuvi and Bumrah, we bank on them. Picking up one or two wickets in the top ten is what we wanted to do. And then the two wrist-spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal), outstanding bowling by both of them. They are working wonderfully for the team. They’re playing in South Africa for the first time. They were very brave, they were throwing it up and that’s why they got wickets.