Caught on stump mic: Virat Kohli's tips Hardik Pandya on reading Philander's bowling

Kohli was heard on stump mic helping Pandya how to play Vernon Philander's ball. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 15, 2018, 07.40 AM (IST)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli kept India afloat against South Africa on Day 2, after he smashed gritty 85 runs off 130 balls.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya is standing with Kohli at the crease as India reached 183 for five in 61 overs in their first innings at stumps. 

The Indian batsmen were struggling against the Proteas bowlers especially against Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.

But Kohli, who had settled himself at the crease was heard on stump mic helping Pandya how to play Vernon Philander's ball.

In fact, when Kohli used to be at the non-striker's end, he would help Pandya figure out which way the ball would move after pitching.

As per reports, During the 60th over, the stump mic picked up an interesting conversation between the two about Philander's bowling.

"Yahan pe change kiya (He changed it here)," Kohli said after playing a defensive stroke off the pacer's third ball. "Andar ke liye leke hi bhaagaa tha woh (He ran in with the one that would originally come in), said Pandya.

"Jo leke niklega agar change karega toh uska opposite hai (The side 
of the ball he runs in with, if he changes, it will go the opposite way)," said Kohli offering some insights.

Pandya inquired whether his captain needed help, "Main bataaun aapko? (Should I tell you on spotting?)". 

"Nahin nahin, mujhe dikha, main bataa raha hun (No, no.. I spotted it, I am just telling you)," Kohli said.

After losing 5 wickets without having a good score, Pandya and Kohli ensured that India doesn't lose any further wickets. 

The duo added 19 runs for the unbeaten sixth wicket.

The visitors, who are down 0-1 in the three-match series, still trail South Africa by another 152 runs.