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Kohli should drop himself if he fails at Centurion: Sehwag

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former swashbuckling opener today stated that "should drop himself" if he fails in the second Test against South Africa, launching a scathing attack on the for his team selection.

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

"Watching excluding for just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test at Centurion, if he fails to perform in Centurion," told 'TV'.

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

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

"They could have played Ishant in place of any other bowler. Bhuvneshwar performed well in and excluding him like this isn't justified," 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, and already they are faced with a must-not-lose situation in a bid to keep this series alive.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 20:50 IST