IND vs SA 2nd Test Live Match Updates: Dravid speaks on Kohli skipping press conferences

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India head coach Rahul Dravid has a conversation with skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the second Test between India and South Africa. 

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Kohli has been phenomenal over the last 20 days, says Dravid

India Test skipper Virat Kohli has been phenomenal despite “all the noise around him”, head coach Rahul Dravid said on Sunday, lending support to the superstar batter who is locked in a war of words with the BCCI over the way his white-ball captaincy tenure ended.

“Virat has been phenomenal over the last 20 days. The way he has trained and prepared, the way he has connected with the group has been fantastic inspite of all the noise around him,” Dravid said on the eve of the second Test against South Africa.

Kohli kicked up a storm by stating that he was never asked to reconsider leaving T20I captaincy as asserted by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.

His statement was met with a rebuttal from chief selector Chetan Sharma who said that Kohli was requested to hold his decision at least till the end of the T20 World Cup.

Asked, why he has not addressed the media so far in the tour, Dravid said, “There is no specific reason for that. I don’t decide this but I am told he will be speaking on eve of his 100th Test. Then you can ask all the questions on his 100th Test.” 

Kohli’s 100th Test would be the third match against South Africa in Cape Town from January 11.


India Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul (vc), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Ajinkya RahaneWriddhiman Saha (wk), Jayant Yadav, Priyank Panchal, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma.

South Africa Squad: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi NgidiAiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.

Match: South Africa vs India, 2nd Test

Date: Monday, January 03-Friday, January 07

Time: 1:30 PM

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

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