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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Changes likely in playing XI

14 January, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Batting unit got to stand

That is the only way India can counter South Africa's pace battery on a 'lively' pitch.

The ongoing Test series between India and South Africa is one of the most anticipated series in 2018 as both the teams are strong enough to challenge each other, and for the neutrals, this is one contest that will be fascinating to watch.

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was absolutely unimpressed with the way Virat Kohli chose his playing eleven for the ongoing Centurion Test.

Sharing his thoughts, du Plessis said, "It looks a bit browner than I thought it would be. Bhuvneshwar performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified", Sehwag stressed. What I got from the groundsman is that the grass on the wicket has been burned from the heat over the last week‚ because it was too hot.

One could have still given the benefit of doubt to the Indian batters that they were new to South African conditions if the entire team fared the same way.

"Generally, Centurion does not spin that much but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it and it is not something that we are used to here".

Indian skipper Virat Kohli yesterday said that the players need to put in more efforts as the team can not afford to play loose shots.

The two sides are all set to lock horns tomorrow, with the Virat Kohli-led side trailing the series by 0-1 following their 72-run defeat in the opening match in Cape Town. "We believe we can get them out twice again", Kohli further stated.

"India were in the game for 90% of the match". Sitting here as a batsman, the first priority is to win games but if the ball takes the upper hand, so be it.

Though Du Plessis is expecting the batsmen to be more comfortable on this wicket, he is completely in the dark when it comes to the possibility of spin.

Talking about the balance in the team, he said, "Do we want to keep the same balance, of four seamers and a spinner, or do we look at an allrounder". Shikhar Dhawan was failed to score runs in the match was also dropped and replaced by KL Rahul.

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