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Mohammed Shami is India's best Test bowler: Fanie de Villiers

Rohit Sharma played the first Test against South Africa Rohit Sharma failed to deliver with the bat in the first two Tests
Cassandra Gardner | 23 January, 2018, 01:41

Kohli has once again been India's best batsman as in the first two Tests of the three-match series, he has scored 191 runs at an average of 47.75.

He also talked about how the Indian batsmen have not conserved their wickets in accordance with conditions here, conceding an unassailable 2-0 series' lead.

India played eight first-class games before the first Test at Nottingham, another two before the second Test at Lord's, two more before the third at Leeds, four tour matches before the fourth at Manchester and six before the last Test at the Oval.

But in future, the option of including more practice sessions in the schedule before overseas tours maybe considered. We looked like the number one team in overseas conditions. We fought back, we did well.

"If Ajinkya (Rahane) had played the first Test and not done well, you would have asked me the same question about why Rohit hasn't played". While addressing a press conference on Friday, he asked the reporters, "How you can draw a Test match is by giving less runs and by scoring runs". "But I'm sure henceforth in the future when itineraries are made, that will be taken into account - where you get there couple of weeks earlier and then prepare", he added. "I'm not saying India don't have quality players, they do". "When you believe you have a chance to win, you look forward to a Test match".

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"There was a thought [of sending the Test specialists early] but then you are disjointed".

Shastri defended the decisions made by the team management and said chopping and changing the playing XI is entirely dependent on the conditions and the current form of the players. What are the overhead conditions for which bowler to play as opposed to what kind of track you will get, where you need a bowler with bounce or you need a bowler with swing. "But you can change what is in front of you", Harbhajan said. "That will always be the case", he began. There is also the tumult over omitting vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, with the captain preferring Rohit Sharma. Irrespective of whether you are playing at home or outside. But India can excel in England and Australia only if the threats posed by their fast bowlers are fended off. If we had batted better we might have well done that.

Wherever Bloy is drowning his sorrows, he won't be labouring under the misapprehension that his wicket - which started out slower than expected, surprisingly took spin on day one and capped it off with uneven bounce - was the best square he's so far prepared.

From team selection to shot selection, to running between the wickets to the absence of sheer grit, India were left pondering quite a few issues at the end of just their second Test away from the sub-continent in more than a year.

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