2nd Test: India Seek 'Intent' to Combat South Africa Speed Kings

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"It's amusing how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days". "Before the first Test, no one thought that he should be in the XI, and now suddenly people are looking at the other option".

"You can't just stand there and take whatever is coming your way and not have intent", Kohli said after his team were beaten by 72 runs in the first Test in Cape Town.

"I am a very fast-bowling minded coach and I guess we will always have to find a balance to see if we can get four fast bowlers in the team, first of all", Gibson was quoted as saying. They would rather have that, you know.

Kohli said the selection for Cape Town was based on form.

The surface plays a huge role in success or failure, but the quality of attack also matters.

India came to South Africa with a great sense of pride after 16 bilateral wins in Indian conditions dismantling the West Indies and Sri Lanka. There were so many ups and downs for both teams.

He repeated that Rohit Sharma was selected because of his current form. "So I started talking to our bowling coach what kind of things I should do, what kind of wickets are over here and what should I expect".

He continued, "As far as the opening combination goes, we are going to decide at the end of the practice session today. We might do something different also but there is definitely no need to panic". "But as soon as you are in things are different - so that was my basic plan, go inside and have a feel of the wicket and changes should be made accordingly", he explained.

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"It looks likely a really lively pitch". Exactly what we expected it to be and we actually wanted it to be that way so that both teams are into the contest provided they play some good cricket.

"It was a first good Test and a good learning experience for me because I have never played over here in South Africa. Also the Indian team management should look whether conditions at the Centurion warrant a place for Ravichandran Ashwin", Sehwag told India TV.

"We must not get surprised by the bounce here".

Talking about pitches in South Africa, he said: "You got to accept mentally that the bounce would be steep and from a length too". Especially when you are playing away from home, you need that 60-70-80 extra runs compared to back home because there your bowlers will be stronger.

The skipper feels that despite the mistakes committed, his batting unit is in much better shape for this game.

Whether we are playing five batsmen or six, you still need to apply yourself. You have to take the game to him and be proactive.

"One needs to have a solid technique and face bowling spells. Bowling spells which are going to be hard, we need to embrace that", he added.

India's slip catching has been shoddy even during their victories at home over the past year but the skipper defended his teammates. Stating that the decision to bench Rahane was a harsh one, Donald maintained that Rahane is the one who can the steady the Indian middle-order and hence his return to the Indian side will be a logical decision. The last game was pretty good, apart from one dropped catch from Shikhar in the first innings, which we looked at as a team. If it was a low-scoring game, we d want to get 20 or 30 or 50 more. Just past year, he equaled the world record of seven Test 50s in consecutive innings.

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