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Kohli may go with all-pace attack against SA in third test

Johannesburg: India skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday said the performance of the pacers has been a big boost for the team and hinted at employing an all-seam attack against South Africa on a typical green Wanderers track in the third cricket Test in Johannesburg.

“Chances of anything happening are very bright. As I said, there is a lot of grass on the pitch. We would definitely look at that option. I am sure both the teams would be thinking about those options,” Kohli said when asked if India might go with an all-pace attack.

“Not many times on overseas tours we have picked 40 wickets in two Test matches. So, I think that’s a big boost for us if the bowlers can continue doing their job. As I said, we have taken 40 wickets so far and we need to figure out what’s the best way to pick up 20 wickets again in this Test.”

“We are going to have a discussion on that and the other combinations of the whole team. We will have a clear picture by the end of this afternoon,” he added.

Indian batsmen have come to a cropper in the Test series and Kohli hoped they would learn from their mistakes.

“I said before the series that whichever side bats better wins the series, and that’s been the case so far. The batsmen are looking to rectify their mistakes that happened in the first two games because it’s a chance for everyone to step up in times that have not gone our way and to change things around for us,” he said.

India has never lost at Wanderers in four Tests, which includes a thrilling draw in 2013 and Kohli said his team will focus on the things that worked for them the last time.

“Although there is more grass on the wicket this time, you know the pace and bounce will probably be similar to what it was in 2013 also. Their bowling attack is slightly different but Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander are playing which was the case last time also,” he said.

“As a team, we are looking to correct all the mistakes that have happened. Wanderers have been a special venue for us, hopefully, we can play the same kind of cricket,” he added.

Kohli has termed this South African tour as a learning experience and said his team would try not to repeat the mistakes and take the field afresh tomorrow.

“Well, every game is a learning, whether you win or lose. The only thing that you learn is to try and not make those errors. That’s probably the only thing that you take forward as a captain and as an individual also,” he said.

Kohli said he doesn’t see defeats as a burden and wants to take the losses in his stride and move forward.

“Responsibility can become less or more according to the phases, it’s all about hanging in there and accepting all the phases that are coming your way. So even this is a part of it. I have to take it in my stride and go forward. And not sit here and say ‘this is a lot of burdens’,” he said.

“I’m willing to go through any kind of phase. I have gone through bad phases in my career. Ups and downs are a part of a sportsman’s career and I understand that. As I said you learn every day and keep moving forward,” he added.


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