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Kohli has to play the cover-drive but under different situations, says batting coach Vikram Rathour


Batting coach Vikram Rathour was optimistic about Indiaโ€™s chances on the final day.

โ€œThere is a bit of variable bounce in the surface now. The ball is keeping up and down. If we hit the right length consistently as we did today, we are in with a good chance.โ€

Asked about Jasprit Bumrahโ€™s incoming delivery that dismissed Rassie van der Dussen, Rathour said, โ€œThatโ€™s the quality of the bowler. He set him up beautifully.โ€

Rathour felt India batted well in the first innings. โ€œRahul and Mayank had that opening partnership. And there were contributions from Virat and Rahane. I thought we did well.โ€

Asked about Virat Kohli being dismissed attempting a cover-drive outside the off-stump in the second innings, Rathour said, โ€œThis shot brings him a lot of runs. So he has to play the shot. When to play the shot, under what situations, we need to have discussions.โ€

Despite several batters being hit on the knuckles by some hostile pace bowling by the South African quicks, Rathour said, โ€œEveryone is fine.”

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Asked about the form of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, Rathour said, โ€œRahane looked in really good touch. Itโ€™s unfortunate that he got out. Pujara has played several important innings for us in the past.โ€

He added, โ€œWe need to be patient with them. Are we getting impatient? Not at this stage.โ€

Talking about Rishabh Pant and his crucial 34 on day four, Rathour said, โ€œHeโ€™s working hard on his batting, his fitness. It was an important innings for us today. He can bat in different ways.โ€

Focusing on KL Rahul, Rathour said, โ€œHeโ€™s always been a very good batsman. In the middle, he lost his form and place. But despite playing all formats, he is batting with a lot of discipline in Test cricket now.โ€

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