CAPE TOWN: The plan was to keep Virat Kohli quiet and South Africa’s wrecker-in-chief Vernon Philander said his team executed it to perfection during the 72-run win over India in the opening Test on Monday.
“Virat is a good player and an aggressive player. The key thing is to obviously keep him quiet and to make sure you set him up for the other one. Initially it was for me to keep him quiet upfront, and I always knew I had the one coming back,” said Philander, who took a career-best six for 42.
“It was probably two-and-a-half overs of away-swingers and then the one back at him (Kohli). It was definitely a plan to keep him quiet, and also to drag him across to make sure that when you do bowl the other one, he is on the other side of the off-stump.
“I was not worried about his DRS review. I knew it was stone dead,” he added, referring to the review asked by Kohli after onfield umpire ruled him out.
Asked if he had told anything to Kohli after the dismissal, Philander said: “I never said anything to Virat. It was in the spur of the moment. I just tried to spur my boys on; that’s what we tend to focus on.
“We knew Virat was a big wicket to get, and getting him there and then I was just trying to motivate my boys.”