INDIA-SA SERIES

Kohli should drop himself if he fails at Centurion: Sehwag

kohli-cape-town-reuters Virat Kohli reviews a decision against him during the first Test against South Africa at Cape Town | Reuters

Launching a scathing attack on India skipper Virat Kohli for his team selection. former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag said that Kohli “should drop himself” if he fails in the second Test against South Africa.

Coming into the game at Centurion after suffering a 72-run defeat in the first Test, India made three changes to their playing XI, with K.L. Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose three-wicket burst in the first morning of the opening Test had rocked the hosts.

“Watching Virat Kohli excluding Shikhar Dhawan for just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test, if he fails to perform in Centurion,” Sehwag told a TV channel.

The other change was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who was ruled out due to a strain, and Parthiv Patel was included is his place.

"Excluding Bhuvneshwar wasn't the right decision. Citing that Ishant might benefit with his height, Virat Kohli has hurt Bhuvneshwar Kumar's self-confidence.

"They could have played Ishant in place of any other bowler. Bhuvneshwar performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified," Sehwag added.

India's record of nine consecutive series victories is on the line after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

It is only the second match in India's 12-Test long overseas schedule in 2018-19.

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