Much of it for the batsmen, a little to bowlers and the team management. "We don't want to take a step back and rely on a 1-0 lead as if you do that they will pounce on you". Why overseas, they lost the first Test even at home to Australia by a massive 333 runs at Pune a year ago and before that to Sri Lanka at Galle. It is balance they seek, both in terms of team composition and approach to batting.
With the bat South Africa were underwhelming.
After the loss, in addition to the Tendulkar hosannas, there were the usual doomsday scenarios and reams written about India's inability to cope in challenging conditions.
He outlined the differentiation in his performance was down to understanding the nature of the pitches here.
Bloy was seen having a longish chat with the South African players in the middle, asked if it was anything specific, he said: "Naah, just showing them around the wicket as they wanted to have a look at it".
So what exactly Virat Kohli needs to do to avoid the series defeat? Batsmen who could play the cut and pull were happy with the bounce and so were those who could hit through the line. Unhappily for India‚ only once has one of their players made a hundred here.
To substantiate the above numbers, India found themselves really out of order in the 1st Test Match against South Africa, certainly not the way No.1 test ranked team should have played.
After a 72-run win in the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa take on India in the second Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
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Kohli and his men have come back quite a few times in the past (2-1 win in Sri Lanka in 2015, 2-1 win over Australia at home in 2017) after losing the first Test of a series. That's why when the Indian team for the three-match Test series against South Africa tour was announced, cricket experts believed that this team had the potential to do what no other Indian side had done so far.
It only proves that there is still plenty of cricket to be played. "If you do that against a strong team like India, they'll pounce on us".
A lot is also being said about India's combination for the second Test. Kohli said: "outside opinions do not form playing XI". He also acknowledged that Indian bowlers erred in reading the bounce in the South African first innings, which yielded 286 runs for the hosts.
Don't forget the year 2017 belonged to both Kohli and Rohit, who had shone across the formats.
Rohit flopped in both the innings and Rahane's absence was felt.
Though the less flamboyant ones, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara also failed, they are trusted to in these conditions, especially the dogged Saurashtra right-hander. I have played a lot of four-day games. Dhawan tried doing it and did not succeed. He has got a good technique. Morris is in some respects the flawless fourth seamer, given his knack for picking up important wickets, and he will also strengthen the batting.
Imagine the pressure on Rahul and Rahane if they are pitchforked into the side.