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Proteas pace spearhead Philander throws challenge at Kohli and his batsmen

[caption id="attachment_61001" align="alignnone" width="580"]DSC08026 The trophy both teams will be fighting for. Indian captain Virat Kohli with his counterpart Faf du Plessis at the photo opportunity at Newlands. Image Source: Xtra Time[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Cape Town: Proteas pace spearhead Vernon Philander said the side is not placing any extra importance on the wicket of Virat Kohli ahead of the Newlands Test on Friday. On being asked about the challenge of bowling at the Indian batsmen led by Virat Kohli, Philander said, "We are going to play bat and ball, not any names."

The Indian captain regarded as the best batsman in modern era will look to pile on some heavy runs. But in doing so he has to take on the challenge thrown by the Proteas bowlers. There is no doubt that, in Kohli, the visitors have one of the most destructive and naturally gifted players in world cricket.

He averages a staggering 53.75 in his 63 Test matches and while there is still an element of doubt as to how most of the Indian batsmen will cope with the South Africa conditions, Kohli's pedigree makes him a threat everywhere.

.But Philander has other ideas. According to the Proteas bowler, "We are going to have to get Virat out, as we do nine or 10 other Indian batters as well. We’ve put our prize on bowling them out twice and not focusing on who we are bowling against."

India has expressed confidence in their own seamers this time around and they have the firepower to finally win a Test series in these parts.

They had no trouble dismantling South Africa on Indian soil in 2015, winning 3-0 in spin-friendly conditions, but Philander knows that this series will pose different challenges entirely.

"They have played most of their games at home so it will be interesting to see how they go over here in South Africa," he said.

"It’s a total different ball game over here in South Africa so we’ll have to wait and see.

"We want to play our best cricket. 2015 was quite a different one going there and losing to them, but we want to make sure that we deliver at home on our own soil," signed off Philander.
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