India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1

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The visitors suffered a 135-run thrashing in the second Test, thereby conceding an unassailable 2-0 lead to the Proteas. "We have an fantastic opportunity as a team to win 3-0, and that makes us even more hungry to go where no team has gone before".

"Virat Kohli has reached a level where he can play well in adverse situations and he expects the same from the rest of India squad", the former swashbuckling opener said.

"I think once again, India will come back with a point to prove".

Questions were also raised on Kohli's team selection as the Indian skipper kept Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the team in the second Test. And, as I said, batsmen are looking to rectify their mistakes in the first two games.

South Africa will seriously consider an all-pace attack as they seek to whitewash India at the Wanderers this week. I think that's a big boost for us. "You don't select teams on over-rates".

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"We can use the ODIs and T20s to try and rotate players".

"Everyone has been spoken to individually as to what went wrong, what happened and why it happened", Kohli said. When you feel like you can feel that positive vibe in the change room that you can do it and then not being able to capitalise it in the crunch moments obviously doesn't feel good.

"Well we don't have our phones, so it's hard to check", he said.

Despite the scoreline, India look in good spirits going into the third Test and would be buoyed by the fact that they have never lost a Test at the Wanderers in four visits here.

Captain Faf du Plessis has acknowledged the Indian's record at the ground and has likened it to his own team's brilliant record at the old WACA ground in Perth Australia.

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Ahead of the selection for 3rd test match here at Wanderers stadium, Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli have told all the players, playing 11 will not be selected as per past performance. After 58 Test matches, having gone through a transition phase, having gone on to become the No 1 side in Tests, back to the territory where another whitewash looms in overseas conditions.

"The problem with Virat is, he wants other players to play fearlessly like him", said Sehwag, adding, "Kohli is just asking them to make runs like him".

"Captains are not just thinking about how they captain in the middle, but on match days and off days, they are always thinking how they can take the team forward". What they want is the beauty of a perfectly symmetric 3-0 scoreline, and India's battle is to avoid exactly that ugliness.

Playing six batsmen and no spinner could also allow Kohli to field Hardik Pandya in an all-seam attack.

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