Kohli said there was no need for panic yet.
"We chose to go on current form", Kohli said shortly after their 72-run defeat. "So that is something of the unknown for us, and we'll see how it plays in the next five days". The batting did not come together well. Conditions that we like are when we get the ball that spins as little as possible.
Captain Faf du Plessis said he was excited to play the second test after an evenly contested first test match. Besides him, Indian batsmen collapsed like dominoes and the visitors were wrapped for 209 and 135 runs in successive innings.
4 AMLA GETS DOUBLE REPRIEVE: India afforded one of the most prolific batsmen in the world not one but two chances to continue his innings as he was dropped on 14 and then again on thirty.
However, Kohli didn't mention whether or not there will be a change in the playing eleven.
The Indian team-management, simply put, has to take some bold decisions.
India vs South Africa: Ignored Ajinkya Rahane Trains Alongside Ishant Sharma, KL Rahul Ahead Of 2nd Test
Jaspreet Bumrah making his debut over Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. He was benched in the Cape Town Test along with veteran Ajinkya Rahane, who was sidelined for vice-captain Rohit Sharma to take the 5th spot, but now that the move has backfired, Rahul will be marking his return at the top. "We have to try and create plans that we feel will not let the opposition gain momentum very early on in the game and that's the idea behind it", Kohli had explained.
And that is fine. The beleaguered batsman played 12 ODIs previous year, but would not warranty a comparison to Sharma. They can't afford to have wickets falling in clusters like in Newlands where they hardly got any momentum.
Some of these changes have been necessitated by injury while others have been due to loss of form and a horses for courses approach.
Just imagine turning in your best performance for the team and then being told that you didn't suit the conditions even though the team is playing three seamers.
There has been a lot of debate over India's team selection in the first Test. "I also felt that by pushing him back we could get all three dismissals into play". "I have to say I'm impressed with his bowling", said Du Plessis. "That's why I said it was one of the best Tests I've played in, because there were so many ups and downs for both teams". People ask me if psychology helped me in this role.
"The current scenario is very good as far as pace bowling is concerned". It was more or less on the cards, given how Kohli had scoffed at an unconvinced media on Friday.
India started by serving a shocker to those predicting the playing XI.