SA vs IND: Mark Boucher warns Indian team ahead of third Test

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has played down the on-field verbal exchanges between India captain Virat Kohli and himself in the recently-concluded second Test in Centurion, saying such incidents are common when two "quality sides" take on each other.

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It may seem impulsive to question the captaincy credentials of a man who led his team to nine straight series wins and the top of the test rankings before this loss in South Africa but Kohli's team has now lost convincingly on their first real challenge outside the sub-continent.

"I take a lot of pleasure in winning games like this where the team needs a lot of heart, character and fight to get across the line". "You don't get many opportunities to beat big teams 3-0".

Kohli was seen giving it back to the young fast bowler, but the latter's tactics failed to produce the desired result as Delhi batsman carried on and remained unbeaten on 85 at stumps. They are known for their great batsmen and they've got really good bowlers as well. "This means we are always in a position to win a Test match".

However, Harbhajan is hopeful of India finishing the series on a high before the two sides clash in a six-match one day global series.

"Mohammed Shami is very experienced and got some pace".

Simply put, there was contest between bat and ball, and the players were asked to grind it out as well as think outside the box in how they adapted to the "foreign" conditions.

"We are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions", Kohli said. The Team India camp finds it a bit of a joke that unnamed BCCI officials thought it by themselves that sending one or two players in advance could've sorted things.

But, while Rabada feels that India depend on Kohli, he admitted that the Proteas have a similar problem, whereby they bank on a few players to get them out of hard situations. But in an age where averaging 50 with the bat is the same as averaging the old benchmark of 40, everyone has a meltdown the moment they don't get a ideal wicket to boost their precious averages and numbers of five-fors taken. So they are very competitive, they're throwing everything they have at us, and their batsmen want to make a statement.

"We have not come here just to participate. We are taking 20 wickets", he asserted.

"I have been traveling around with these boys for a while and even though the players are fantastic chaps, there is one official around, who, if he had his way wouldn't even like to consider me as human". "The previous game at Newlands (where South Africa won by 72 runs) was nearly on fast forward". Didn't we lose in India when we had the best 11 there?

"Lungi and I, we played together in the Under-19". Hopefully we will bounce back strongly.

  • Angelo Rivera