India batting coach Vikram Latour was very pleased with the way India captain Virat Kohli batted on the first day of the Test in Cape Town, but insisted Kohli’s recent form was not a concern.
Kohli has not scored a century in international cricket since November 2019. He looked good to change it, but after a long, patient inning, he ended up out with a 79.
“Virat never worried about the way he hit the ball, he hit the ball well. As a batting coach, I never worry about his bad batting. He looked really good for the Nets and was very good in the game.“
“He’s getting started and a nice change today is that he’s more disciplined today. I agree with that, he looks really good and solid.With any luck it could be a big game but I’m happy with the way he played today,” Latour said in a virtual news conference.
“He looked very good until he left” – Vikram Rathour
Rathour also added that the technical aspects of Kohli’s shot have not changed. Also, with the help of the surface and conditions, the South African bowlers bowled very well, but Kohli managed to get over it all.
“Initially, South Africa was very disciplined with Virat. He doesn’t get a lot of the ball to drive and pull and that’s how he reacts. He looked really good before he left. I mean it’s not a conscious thing. In the last game he was just inattentive when chasing long passes. He hit some screens today, he picked the right ball,‘ said Latour.
After opting to bat first, India folded 223 runs in the first innings of the third Test. At the end of the day’s game, Jasplit Bangla Managed to grab Dean Elgar’s wicket to balance the day’s proceedings.