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India in South Africa: Vernon Philander downplays Virat Kohli threat ahead of first Test

first_imgSouth Africa pacer Vernon Philander is confident of bowling India out twice in the upcoming first Test against India at Newlands in Cape Town strting Friday.Philander also said that the hosts are not giving any extra importance on the wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli.Kohli averages a staggering 53.75 in his 63 Test matches and while there is still an element of doubt as to how most of the Indian batsmen will cope with the South Africa conditions, Kohli’s pedigree makes him a threat everywhere.”We are going to play bat and ball, not any names. We are going to have to get Virat out, as we do nine or 10 other Indian batters as well. We’ve put our price on bowling them out twice and not focusing on who we are bowling against,” Philander told reporters.Philander also cautioned India of the challenges when the two teams face-off in the opener of the three-Test rubber at Newlands from January 5.India had no trouble dismantling South Africa on home soil in 2015, winning 3-0 in spin-friendly conditions, but Philander said he knew that this series will pose different challenges entirely.”They have played most of their games at home, so it’ll be interesting to see how they go in South Africa. It’s a total different ball game. We’re going to have to wait and see once they pass the first Test match,” he said.”We want to play our best cricket. 2015 was quite a different one going there and losing to them, but we want to make sure that we deliver at home on our own soil,” he added.advertisementAhead of the tour, India have expressed confidence in their own seamers, saying they have the firepower to finally win a Test series in South Africa.After the Cape Town Test, India and South Africa will head to Centurion for the second Test from January 13 while the third match of the series will take place in Johannesburg from January 24.The two teams will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.(Courtesy: IANS)last_img

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