“It’s a reason we all love to play and we look forward to it,” Kohli said after India won the first Test in Centurion with 113 races on Thursday.
The figures confirm Kohli’s optimism.
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India have yet to be beaten in a Test match at South Africa’s leading cricket stadium and have a record of two wins and three draws since their first tour of South Africa in 1992/93.
Despite being known as a course that favors fast bowlers – which should have put India at a disadvantage on some of their previous trips before the emergence of their strong bowling attack at the current pace – India has consistently performed well. in Johannesburg.
The earth holds particularly fond memories for some of the Indian tour party.
New coach Rahul Dravid made its first Test century in a draw in 1996/97 and ten years later captain India to their first Test victory in South Africa.
Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid (ANI photo)
Kohli gave up a batting champion class as he made 119 and 96 in a high-scoring draw in 2013/14 to allow India to put the hosts on a seemingly impossible goal of 458 runs to win.
In that match, however, South Africa came close to beating India for the only time in Johannesburg, making 450 for eight in a dramatic draw.
Kohli then led India to victory on an understandard course four seasons ago, a victory he has highlighted as a “milestone” that gave the team the confidence to follow up with a league win in Australia last January.
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They also lead England 2-1 with the final Test – canceled last year due to covid in the Indian camp – to be played later in 2022.
Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane everyone made crucial runs on a track that was stopped at one point because conditions were considered dangerous, while Mohammed Shami, one of the heroes from the victory in Centurion, took five for 28 in the second half.
A series victory in South Africa remains a final frontier for India, who now have the opportunity to end a historic triumph with a match to spare.
India were superior in all divisions in Centurion, although South Africa’s fast bowlers came back strong after a bad first day.
The home team’s batting was insufficient against a well-disciplined Indian bowling attack.
The middle order is vulnerable in the absence of the now retired Quinton de Kock, while the initial batsmen, captain Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram, have failed to hold together after second over by an innings in South Africa’s last three tests.
The extent of the defeat in the first test has given the home camp several headaches.
Elgar hinted at a change in the order of the battles, and there are several permutations that are likely to be discussed.
Kyle Verreynne is expected to succeed De Kock as wicketkeeper-batsman, but South Africa will discuss whether to add another specialist batsman instead of all-rounder Wiaan Mulder.
As is often the case with Wanderers, South Africa could consider choosing an attack at any pace, with left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj having only played in two of six possible Tests on the ground, one of which – against Sri Lanka last season – he was not called up. to bowl.
India, meanwhile, have the luxury of considering whether to pillage a winning team.
South Africa (from): Dean Elgar (capt), Aiden Markram, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wkt), Ryan Rickelton, Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi, Glenton Stuurman.
India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Risabh pants (time), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.