For a player who plays the cut and pull, Parthiv could by very handy on this surface and is known to be more aggressive than Saha. "I don't think Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will change the team straightaway. It was definitely a plan to keep him quiet and also to drag him across and make sure that when you do bowl the other one, he's on the other side of the off-stump", he elaborated.
"I was not anxious about his DRS review". I explained the reasons why Rohit [Sharma] started ahead of him. Asked if he had told anything to Kohli after the dismissal, Philander said: "I never said anything to Virat". I just tried to spur my boys on; that's what we tend to focus on.
"We wanted one big partnership to get the job done which we failed to do and again we lost four wickets in four overs".
Vernon Philander's last outing against India was a forgettable one. "That's always the case when you lose", he said. "We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and "talk of the town", and all those sort of things".
"You have to be open to those suggestions‚ but I'll have to give to give this one to "Faffie" [Faf du Plessis]‚" Philander said. Ashwin was batting far out of his crease and it was an older ball. If we apply ourselves, we will give ourselves a chance to have a crack at the result, which was there in this game also.
Ashwin shared a crucial 49-run eighth wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to resurrect India's second innings after they were reduced to 82 for 7.
After a six-over burst from his beloved Wynberg End, Philander rested for six overs and then returned from the Kelvin Grove End, the absence of the injured Dale Steyn meaning the Proteas had to win the game with just three pacemen. We had it in out arsenal to get those last three wickets. And that only comes with a clear head and a positive intent in your head.
"Ultimately, and especially in this series and for the rest of the summer (four-Test series against Australia in March), we'll be looking to see how best we can fit four fast bowlers into whatever formula we come up with", he added. "I would actually play five bowlers and play KL Rahul in place of Shikhar Dhawan. Luckily it paid off". "Possibilities are all open at the moment and we shall decide after practice". "There are two ways of taking it - you can take it personally and fade away, or you can take it on board and make a play", he said. You got to put this behind and try and come back stronger in the next Test. Preparation is important and India have lost a bit there and faced not much of criticism.
However, Rahane struggled to get going in India's 1-0 win over Sri Lanka in the three-Test series previous year.
"But it surprised all of us and was a lot harder than what we thought it's supposed to be. But from the get-go I knew he was stone dead", Philander said. The crowd is wonderful. "I had to use it to my advantage", he signed off.