This pitch will again test us to play a good game of test cricket and we are looking forward to it.
How do you beat South Africa here? At the same time, India don't look like giving up on their project Rohit after one bad Test. "You have to maintain composure when you get a sudden change of bounce because here bounce can be steep‚" he said.
Watch the second Test between South Africa and India at Centurion live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7.55am on Saturday. A loss will mean the series is gone. 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.
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1 in Centurion, latest updates: Shout of "CAAAATCH" off the second delivery after Markram flicks a full delivery from Ashwin wide of midwicket. Add to that the invariable bounce that might come in later in the Test match.
In the first Test, many questionable decisions were made, including the inclusion of Rohit Sharma over Test specialist Ajinkya Rahane, whose stats (53.44) outside India speaks volumes of his calibre. 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. "We are very happy with the way the bowlers went about their business", he said. "He knows my bowling and as a player it is good to have a coach who knows my strengths and weakness", he said. "We have to get stuck in and be tough with the bat and the ball; get in their faces a bit and use our physicality in terms of our pace".
There were some indications that KL Rahul could replace Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. To bowl South Africa out for 130 was commendable. However, Pandya and Bumrah having cemented their spots, it is uncertain that who will make way for the lanky pacer.
Ngidi might be the fourth pacer for this game, but another option is the all-rounder in Chris Morris. "That's why Lungi has been brought into the squad - we want to get a closer look at him and what he can do. I believe there is a lot of talent there". It had movement that assisted the bowlers while there was bounce that the batsmen could make use of. 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. "I don't think we felt any lack of preparation". If you pick three seamers, he will consistently have to be on the money. While Morne Morkel got rid of Bhuvneshwar, Kagiso Rabada stopped Pandya's assault when he was inching towards his century. We just tried to correct them and not overdo things because over here when there is help from the wicket, you try to do extra but that won't help. There will be pressure on the groundsmen of the SuperSport Park to dish out a more balanced wicket. So to get acclimatised to such kind of wickets, you require to play at least 2-3 practice matches.
For three and a half days, the Test match was wide open. However, if they do not, du Plessis' men could cause all sort of headaches for India.