Indian cricket team’s batting coach Vikram Rathour feels that the score the Indian team made in their first innings was low and thinks that the team could have scored some more runs which would be a great challenge for the South African batsmen. Virat Kohli’s men were bowled out on 223 runs as South Africa’s star bowler Kagiso Rabada took 4 whereas pacer Marco Jansen took 3 wickets. It was a brilliant bowling performance from the host as they really didn’t let any Indian batsman stay in the crease for long except skipper Virat Kohli.
The Indian Test cricket captain was the standout performer for the visitors as he scored 79 runs and he was the only one for India who get past 50-run mark. Ajinkya Rahane disappointed again as his poor form continues. The former vice-captain of the Indian Test team scored only 9 runs and was shown the way back to pavilion by South Africa’s pacer named Kagiso Rabada.
Indian team kept losing wickets in quick succession which gave South Africa the chance to have a bat in their hand on the first day itself. Seeing India’s batting performance, batting coach Vikram Rathour was disappointed as he wanted Indian team to stay longer in the crease. He feels that the team could have scored 50-60 more runs but they were bowled out on 223 which is not a great score according to him.
“These are challenging conditions, not easy conditions to score runs in, but we are below par. We could have scored 50/60 more runs, that’s what we were at least expecting,” said batting coach Vikram Rathour at the post day media interaction as reported by Hindustan Times.
But, there was some good news for Indian team in the last session as they got South African’s captain Dean Elgar out just before the stumps. Jasprit Bumrah send Elgar back to pavilion as the host are 17/1 at the end of the day 1.