Kohli and India out to maintain strong record at 'special' Wanderers


Virat Kohli has implored India to draw on their strong record at the Wanderers as they bid to recover a measure of pride from their series with South Africa.

The tourists come into Wednesday's third and final Test 2-0 down, having suffered losses by 72 and 135 runs in Cape Town and Centurion respectively.

India are yet to taste defeat from their four Tests in Johannesburg, Kohli making scores of 119 and 96 in a draw at the venue five years ago.

And the visiting captain, who found some form with a first-innings century at SuperSport Park last time out, is eagerly awaiting a return to the ground where India hold positive memories, having claimed World Twenty20 glory against Pakistan in 2007.

"Definitely the things that worked for us last time, we'll focus on that," said Kohli.

"Although there is more grass on the wicket this time, the pace and bounce will probably be similar to what it was in 2013 also.

"Their bowling attack is slightly different, but [Morne] Morkel and [Vernon] Philander are playing, which was the case last time also.

"Look, we have to take the positives from that Test, what worked for us, what other things we have to repeat again to be able to perform in this game or this venue.

"We'd love to have another situation where we can capitalise and this time around actually consolidate on it and bring the Test towards us rather than let it slip away again.

"As a team, we are looking to correct all the mistakes that have happened. Wanderers has been a special venue for us, hopefully we can play the same kind of cricket."

Meanwhile, Kohli's opposite number Faf du Plessis has confirmed the Proteas are considering leaving out spinner Keshav Maharaj in favour of a five-man seam attack as they go in search of a series whitewash.

"It is definitely something we are speaking about in our selection. It's an option," he said on Tuesday. "The wicket looks like it should be a normal Wanderers wicket.

"Tomorrow morning, we'll just see what the pitch looks like and if there is the same amount of grass on it. Keshav is an extremely talented spinner and we are very lucky to have him. If we do think of leaving of him out, you have to be 100 per cent sure that we have enough.

"Playing against India, you don't get the opportunity a lot to be in a position of strength where we can beat them 3-0. By no means is anyone in the team thinking this is an opportunity to take our foot off the gas. We are really motivated to get a 3-0 win."