Ahead of Centurion Test, Virat Kohli's men visit India House in Johannesburg

Ahead of Centurion Test, Virat Kohli's men visit India House in Johannesburg

The skipper, who said Rohit was preferred to Ajinkya because of his current form, dropped Bhuvneshwar in spite of him being the best batsman and bowler for India in the first Test.

Highlighting the contrast in their performances, Ganguly added, "The history of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in overseas conditions is not very good. It is fine to go by current form, but they should not have overlooked the performances of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane in overseas conditions in the past few years", Ganguly told India Today on Tuesday.

Kohli said: "Look, all kind of situations are possible..."

India's record of nine consecutive series victories is on the line after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

"Well, we chose to go on current form".

However, when it comes to overseas form, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have both struggled to perform. While Rohit Sharma's average in South Africa before the start of the series was 11.25, Rahane averages 69.66 in the country.

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With the second Test in Centurion just a few days away, there are speculations that Rahul and Rahane might make a return to the playing XI.

"You have to bring Rahane and Rahul back in the playing XI for the next Test". Virat Kohli cleared during the toss that Saha was not fully fit on the eve of the game and they didn't want to take any chance.

India certainly had a chance to pull off a historic win after bowling South Africa out for 130 in their second innings.

Virat was asked how close was Rahane to making a comeback to the side after being kept out of the Cape Town Test. However, the pitches at SuperSport Park and the Wanderers - the venues for the second and third Test respectively - traditionally offer even more pace and bounce.

But Ganguly believes that Steyn's absence will not be a problem for Faf du Plessis' side and all-rounder Chris Morris will be an able replacement for the fast bowler.

"I think if we get a lively wicket again, we will really exploit those conditions. With (Chris) Morris coming in, they will have more strength in batting and that will help them in the series", Ganguly said.

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