For the second time in the most important overseas tour in 36 months, India went without their vice-captain and the batsman with the highest average outside the subcontinent. (IND v SA scorecard)Not just on Saturday, Kohli seemed to have a different idea of the pitch on Friday too. Yet India went with just one spinner, three pacers and a medium-pacer all-rounder even after having a final look at the pitch before toss. Only Ishant and Ashwin consistently made the batsmen uncomfortable, prompting the question why India went with just five batsmen in a Test they have to win. More significantly, this is now looking like a pitch where Shikhar Dhawan could have been the impact batsman India had yearned for at the top.
Source: Hindustan Times January 13, 2018 15:48 UTC