Despite this Virat Kohli has been given the “credit of Indian cricket”.

File photo of Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli.© AFP

India gave hosts South Africa a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in the first Test at Centurion’s SuperSport Park. Now the focus is on Johannesburg where the second Test starts on Monday. A win there and India would seal their first series win in South Africa. The way India thrashed the hosts in the opening Test, they will start off as strong contenders for this crucial victory. Ahead of the second Test, coach Rahul Dravid heaped praise on Test captain Virat Kohli, saying that he “gives credit to himself and Indian cricket despite the noise around him”.

“Despite all the noise that has been happening around him in the last 2 weeks, credit has been given to him and Indian cricket,” Dravid said in the pre-match virtual press conference.

Ahead of the start of the South Africa series, Kohli’s comments about being replaced as ODI captain and his interactions with the selectors went viral, threatening to derail India’s preparations for the South Africa tour.

However, Dravid lauded Kohli for maintaining his focus and also for keeping the morale of the team high.

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“I know there’s been a lot of noise on other issues. Even a little bit outside the group leading up to this particular Test match. You honestly know it’s not too hard in terms of keeping morale high because honestly it is The captain led himself,” said the former India captain.

“I think Virat has been absolutely phenomenal in the last 20 days that we are here. I think the way he has trained, the way he has practised, the way he engages with the group. “

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