Rathour praises Kohli for being extra disciplined, says his batting was by no means a priority « CmaTrends
A decided Kohli confirmed great utility and his masterclass was the batting spotlight of the fast-moving opening day of the third Test and if not for his effort, India may have landed in a a lot deeper gap in opposition to South Africa at Newlands.
“There was never concern with the way he (Kohli) was batting, I mean he was always batting well, I thought as a batting coach, I was never concerned that he is not batting well, he was looking very good in the nets, he was looking very good in the game also, he was getting starts,” stated Rathour on the submit day press convention.
“One good change today, he was more disciplined, I agree with that, so he really looked good, really good and solid and with a bit of (more) luck, he could have converted (his knock) into a big one, but I am happy (with) the way he played,” he added.
However, the coach wasn’t happy with the general batting efficiency of his aspect, saying that batters may have completed a greater job particularly in avoiding tender dismissals.
“These are challenging conditions, not easy conditions to score runs in, but you are right, we are below par. We could have scored 50/60 more runs, that’s what we were at least expecting,” he stated.
“Virat played a phenomenal innings…Pujara was looking really good, but then they bowled a good spell in the morning, the conditions were overcast and they were challenging (for batting), but again I thought there were some soft dismissals in the latter part of the innings, we could have done better definitely,” he added.
Rathour additionally hoped that the guests would limit the hosts to a low whole on the second day of the continuing Test.
“The fewer the runs, I hope it will be an equal innings and they won’t get a big lead,” he stated.
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