South Africa wins toss, bats in 2nd test against India

Other fast bowlers would feel disrespected had their captain told the wicketkeeper to stand up to the stumps

Other fast bowlers would feel disrespected had their captain told the wicketkeeper to stand up to the stumps

"He's a quality player, he's done well in South Africa, all conditions actually away from home". Shami, well, he attacked the stumps with more control. Today (January 13), Bhuvneshwar was dropped from the team for the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.

"My basic motto is not to get too excited after some success, or get too down when things are tough but take the confidence from the previous match and move forward", he said. Among the bowlers, the need for change is probably less than with the batsmen.

At the crucial moment when you are hitting or defending the ball, it is largely an instinctive thing. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face spells, which are going to be hard. "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", said Du Plessis.

That is why being critical of India's batting at this early stage of the tour would be unfair. Rahul, it is learnt, has become an automatic selection after the failure of Shikhar Dhawan in the Newlands Test. The left-hander, 32, struggles against the short ball and is a liability. South Africa win toss & decide to bat. "We know that a person who feels at home is a person that is going to contribute and perform a lot better". "But we made a decision to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion", added Kohli. "We prepare bowling friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches". For Dhawan, it looks like the injury has taken a shot at his fielding which was sluggish in the first Test. I expect a good cricket wicket and hopefully pace and bounce.

"As soon as the Test ended, a message should have been sent to the groundsman to not water the pitch, so the players could come and practise on the same pitch which had given them the problems".

India skipper Virat Kohli has not indicated whether or not vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane would return to the team.

I was surprised by the way M Vijay batted at Newlands. In the end, it was the batting of Indian all-rounders Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvnesh Kumar who helped India gain the upper hand in a couple of sessions during the game. For some reason, he wasn't doing that in Cape Town. "Yes, they fought hard in this Test but lost chasing a small total, and this should be extremely disappointing for them", said Klusener. That is, if he plays.

After the Cape Town loss the spotlight has been on how India will line up in this match and Kohli hinted that they may make changes‚ while also asking his charges to show greater application. Their bowlers took 20 wickets, the only part when we were a little bit better was we got more runs in the first innings.

"Rohit has scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, and he was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka", said Kohli in the post-match media conference. Ishant Sharma is also a good bet keeping in mind the bouncy nature of the Centurion track.

The fast bowling attack is unlikely to undergo any changes.

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