It doesn't mean that if you are playing six batters, you can afford to go out and play loose shots. If the technically sound Rahane is to be brought in for this must win Test, it would likely be in place of the stylish Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma, who has been unable to replicate his form from the shorter version of the game to the longer format.
The surface in Cape Town offered the seam bowlers assistance throughout with 18 wickets falling on the fourth and final day - all to the pacemen.
Babulal Bariya, a retired railway officer based in Ambedkar Nagar, was upset over Kohli losing his wicket cheaply in Cape Town, a report by the Indian Express said. I really liked the kind of wicket this was. It gave us opportunities to stay in the match.
Given the failure of the Indian batting line-up in the first Test, Kohli was asked if he intends playing an extra batsman instead of the spinner (Ravichandran Ashwin).
Ganguly's comments were in response to Virat Kohli's post-match press conference where he defended Rohit Sharma's inclusion by saying that they looked at his recent performances. Even in the first innings, if you take AB's innings out, and Faf to an extent, the batting hasn't clicked for them either. "And you finally come to a conclusion that feels balanced among all the situations you are thinking of". That's something that has continued for a while. "Bowling spells which are going to be hard, we need to embrace that", he added. The batting didn't come out well.
Kohli also stressed the need to keep calm as a unit: "I don't think we need to panic because of collapses". People need to apply themselves much better, whether you are playing five batsmen or six.
"As far as the opening combination goes, we will decide today at the end of practice what is it that we are going to go within this game. We might do something different, but there is definitely no need to panic", Kohli said.
This pitch is going to be pretty similar in terms of pace and bounce.
Bringing in Ishant Sharma for Bhuvneshwar Kumar has raised quite a few eyebrows, and one of the best fast bowlers to have played the game, Allan Donald reacted rather angrily.