Dravid said this about Kohli’s absence during the press conferences

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Modified Jan 3, 2022 12:53 PM IST

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India will play South Africa in the second Test on Monday in Johannesburg. The batting might become more difficult as the game progresses, according to Dravid.

Before the second test against South Africa on Sunday, coach Rahul Dravid explained why skipper Virat Kohli isn’t in the team. In addition to attending the press conference, Kohli will play in his 100th game in the longest format. Kohli is also expected to have “big runs” in the upcoming Tests against South Africa, according to Dravid.

“Have not checked the weather much. Generally a result-producing wicket at the Wanderers. Pitches might flatten out. Batting could be difficult towards the end. The pitch is faster, but it might not bounce as well as it did at Centurion,” explained Dravid. Kohli’s triple-figure earnings failed to materialize in 2020. The last time he scored a century was in a day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in 2019. Virat Kohli has been exemplary over the last 20 days in terms of maintaining morale (in South Africa). ”He has trained in the same way he has practiced, ” Dravid added.


“He deserves nothing but praise for his dedication to his preparation and his ability to integrate with the group on and off the field. Even though he batted and failed to convert those starts, I still think he will score a lot once he clicks into the game,” he concluded.