India's batsmen need to develop South African instincts

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

A local police official told Hindustan Times that Babulal succumbed to his injures on Tuesday morning.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates a wicket on the first day of the first Test cricket match between South Africa and India at Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town.

Set 208 for victory, India were bowled out for 135 in under 43 overs. No one wants matches to fold up so rapidly. It won't be easy with Centurion being South Africa's fortress. We have been in a very good space and we believe we can get them out twice again in this game.

"It looks browner than I thought it would be". India first toured South Africa in the year 1992 and has since managed to win just 2 games, negotiated 7 drawn encounters, losing 8 matches out of 17 played.

The live telecast of second Test, Day One can be watched on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD. Don't expect a flat wicket - they don't make those in South Africa.

To substantiate the above numbers, India found themselves really out of order in the 1st Test Match against South Africa, certainly not the way No.1 test ranked team should have played.

Team India beaten in under three days (if rained day is excluded) on a pitch which was described as the slowest (of the three venues) there due to ongoing draught conditions in Cape Town in recent months. You can't be changing and chopping players after every individual failure and a Test loss. "As long as we are winning it is fine", Du Plessis said on the eve of the second Test. India last played a test in the venus way back in 2010-11 series and they were hammered by an innings and 25 runs on that occasion. There's nothing much left to imagination if one excludes Cheteshwar Pujara's contribution - he faced 92 deliveries before making 26 runs in the first innings. "But we made a decision to go with this combination and current form was definitely the criterion", added Kohli. The 77 run difference in the first innings eventually decided the fate of the test that the Proteas won by 72 runs. To get the conditions that we would like, the ball must spin as little as possible.

Benching Lokesh Rahul to open with and Murali Vijay; benching Ajinkya Rahane at No. 5 and opting for Rohit Sharma; and not roping in the tall Ishant Sharma to take advantage of the Newlands wicket still remain a topic of discussion and will continue to, perhaps, until the start of the second Test. He felt that would have prepared Indian batsmen for the challenge they were to face in South Africa.

In fact Bumrah, despite his excellent performance in the first Test, may find himself sacrificed if India aim to strengthen their batting by adding Ajinkya Rahane or if Ishant Sharma's ability to extract extra bounce is deemed a better option.

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