Regular skipper Virat Kohli is likely to return for the third and final Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The 33-year-old missed the second Test in Johannesburg due to back spasms. Stand-in skipper Kl Rahul revealed that Kohli is doing his fielding drills and looks fine to make a comeback in Cape Town.
“Virat is feeling better already, he’s been in the nets the last couple of days and he’s been fielding and running around on the field,” KL Rahul said. “I think he should be fine.”
During a press conference, team India head coach Rahul Dravid also sounded optimistic about Kohli returning to the team. “From all accounts, he should be fine,” Dravid said. “He’s had the opportunity to run around a little bit, he’s had the opportunity to test it a little bit, I’ll be down only now at the moment in the nets with a few throwdowns and stuff, so hopefully with a few net sessions in Cape Town, he should be good to go.
“I haven’t had a detailed discussion with the physio as yet, but from everything I’m hearing and from just having a chat with him, he’s really improving and should be good to go in four days’ time.”
Meanwhile, India lost the second Test match by seven wickets. The visitors were simply blown away by a defiant Dean Elgar, who top-scored with an unbeaten 96, helping South Africa chase a challenging 240. India had a lot of positives as Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Hanuma Vihari batted well on the tough Johannesburg pitch. It will be interesting to see who makes way for Kohli. Despite doing well, Vihari might well be the unfortunate one.