But looking at India's record at the venues India will be playing the remaining two Tests, at SuperSport Park at the Centurion, starting Saturday, and then at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, they need not be disheartened even if the pitches there are known to be quick with bounce. "Many of our batsmen were either caught behind or were caught in the slips", said Borde.
"I am a very fast-bowling minded coach and I guess we will always have to find a balance to see if we can get four fast bowlers in the team, first of all", Gibson was quoted as saying. "It's hard as long as you want it to be hard", Kohli said looking to be in control. Vijay chased a ball outside off to be caught at gully, Shikhar Dhawan played a reckless pull short, top-edging it down the throat of the bowler and Kohli in an England-esque dismissal, poked outside off, reminiscent of many dismissals he was at the receiving end of many dismissals up against the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
It was not all gloom and doom in the first Test as visitors had South Africa in trouble for the most part of the match.
Bumrah said he prefers to not have any notions about the surfaces he bowls on. he also acknowledged that Indian bowlers erred in reading the bounce in the South African first innings, which yielded 286 runs for the hosts. Did you think we had a chance when the bowlers bowled South Africa out for 130 in the second innings?
"Because one thing I have observed, this is one of the best teams that is visiting South Africa". So, can they be dropped now after failing in one Test in which the best of batsmen on both sides could not get going? It was concluded that batting coach Sanjay Bangar and throw-down expert Raghavendra, popular for his meticulous usage of side arm and others were all needed by the young Indian T20 team in action against Sri Lanka.
"First match, ok, this was quite an eye-opener to them". India just has to make minor tweaks and despite the bouncy and pacy conditions at Centurion, Kohli has to rise to the challenge and assure his players that they didn't do too much wrong at Cape Town, and Proteas are not that strong a team. That really helps particularly the batsmen to get used to the bounce of the wicket. Nearly all of the bowlers got wickets and if they bowl the right length, there is enough in the South African wickets to give them value for their effort. Tendulkar talks to Boria Majumdar about the next two Tests, what went wrong in Cape Town and what India should do going ahead in the series. It could have been a lot worse to be honest if Pandya didn't play that excellent knock and scored those 90-odd runs.
"It could be useful, because the opening start is important for the team". Before this week I had not seen him bowl at all.
Ishant is the only bowler in the Indian line-up who has already toured South Africa twice. He hadn't played a single multiple-day match at any level in a year.
And Murali Vijay? He has the experience of playing the moving ball and has done well overseas. "If you stay in your crease and try to play him, you will be in trouble all day". He has got a good technique. Kohli said, when asked about Rahane.
It is still not clear whether vice-captain Rahane will reclaim his spot in the middle order but Kohli said they will decide on the opening combination after practice on Friday.