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Draw won’t break the side’s momentum: Kohli

The rival captains Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla exchange plesantries after the truncated second Test came to a predictable draw on Wednesday. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

The rival captains Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla exchange plesantries after the truncated second Test came to a predictable draw on Wednesday. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash  

India will feel robbed of an opportunity by the weather. After an emphatic victory in Mohali and a dominant opening day in the second Test, the team will now travel to Nagpur with no further gains.

“It was very disappointing,” Virat Kohli said here on Wednesday. “The second and third day were especially frustrating because we had a very good first day. We had a good chance of putting South Africa under more pressure. We were positive that if we get the fourth and fifth day we could try and put more pressure on South Africa but the weather turned out this way. It was out of our control.”

The India captain felt the draw would not break his side’s momentum. “Nothing has changed in the last four days at all,” he said. “The mood is absolutely the same we had in Mohali. We had a really positive day one here, bowling out the No. 1 side in under three sessions on a decent batting wicket. And we batted pretty well, whatever time we had in the middle. Even in the last four days, we haven’t really thought about what the rain is going to do, because it can put you off. We have just reacted to how the weather has turned out, which is very important.”

Binny’s selection

India brought Stuart Binny in for Amit Mishra in Bengaluru, even after the leg-spinner had enjoyed success in his previous four Tests. Kohli stated that he was not shy of making changes when conditions demanded them. “You have to choose the all-rounder according to the conditions,” he said. “You can’t be stubborn about the ability. You have to consider who can do the right job in those conditions because some people will be more effective.

“This team is about flexibility. We did not bowl Amit Mishra here. Of course, he’s bowled well in the past few months. But he understood that we needed someone like Stuart in these conditions. The feedback we got was that the Bengaluru wicket does something in the last couple of days. There’s no set combination in this team. Everyone is ready to play at any stage.”

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