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Picked Rohit over Rahane on current form: Kohli

Press Trust of India  |  Cape Town 

has defended the selection of in the first Test, saying he was picked ahead of on current form.

"Well, we decided to go on current form. Rohit has scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, and he was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka," said Kohli in the

"These things can always be looked at in hindsight

thinking what if or what if not. But we decided to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion," added Kohli.

Rahane, who has not been amongst the runs of late, had a successful tour of four years ago. With 209 runs, he was third highest run-getter in the series behind Kohli (272 runs) and (280).

lost the first Test by 72 runs with batting letting them down in both the innings.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:50 IST