Maybe for this reason the batsmen who played at Newlands could be given another chance, so that they can use their experience from the first Test to do better in the second. The bounce in South Africa is disconcerting to the batsmen, and, to make matters worse, the seaming ball posed questions at the Newlands.
They arrived in Perth in January 2008 2-0 down against Ricky Ponting's all-conquering side - 16 wins on the bounce - and were greeted by the news that Australia were about to unleash Shaun Tait, the Wild Thing, in an attack that already boasted Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark. However, in Centurion India has played only one Test, in Dec 2010, losing badly by an innings and 25 runs. "You need to find the ideal balance to do well in South Africa, especially where there is more bounce". A loss will mean the series is gone.
"It is amusing", said Kohli. Add to that the invariable bounce that might come in later in the Test match.
Indian captain Virat Kohli acknowledged at the toss that he would have batted first, while he also expressed his surprise at the nature of the wicket. The Indians stayed at the ground till almost sundown for a thorough debriefing on what had gone wrong, especially with the top-order batting. Parthiv Patel spent some time batting in the nets too, allowing India to keep all their options open.
"He has got that confidence and he brings that confidence in the players, so that motivates the players", the right-handed batsman signed off. But I'm really impressed with his bowling. It's when the ball moves around at pace, their techniques get exposed. It was a happy moment, and from there on, we took a lot more wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan to be benched in the 2nd Test against South Africa
On the other hand, Rohit had scored a century in the second Test against Sri Lanka in November, which was also in over a year. Notably, the vice-captain has hit 1817 runs on the road in 24 matches at an average of 53.44.
This is not to have a go at Cricket South Africa (CSA). However, Pandya and Bumrah having cemented their spots, it is uncertain that who will make way for the lanky pacer. "I believe there is a lot of talent there". Doing so will not only shield the batsmen from the early onslaught of the hosts' pacemen but also allow the visiting bowlers to run into the opposition with full steam. Borde also said he would like to see K L Rahul in the playing eleven instead of Shikhar Dhawan when asked whether such a switch needs to be done. "But if we play four seamers he is someone who gets talked about because he has pace and X-factor, and obviously he bats as well".
Historically, the SuperSport Park track is a balanced one, with ideal conditions for both batting and bowling.
"Well you will get pace and bounce". India will be looking to rectify that in this match.
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will inaugurate the three-day Refining & Petrochemicals Technology meet beginning in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Centurion has helped reduce proud‚ strong teams like India and Pakistan to the risible standards of Zimbabwe and West Indies. Learn from the mistake you made and go forward. You might see him correct that in the second Test. It is that sort of intent that both teams will be seeking in what promises to be another action-paced Test. It was more about just keeping the rhythm going.