Today (January 13), Bhuvneshwar was dropped from the team for the second Test against South Africa in Centurion. "This pitch will again test us to play our best cricket and that is something we are looking forward to". "I worked hard on my fitness and that is paying off", he said at Eden Gardens after picking up the Man-of-the-match award for an eight-wicket haul in the Test. It was very hot. "Generally Centurion doesn't spin that much but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it so it's not something that we're used to seeing at Centurion", he said. We'll see how it plays over the next five days.
In contrast‚ India captain Virat Kohli‚ after he made his inspection before training on Friday afternoon‚ welcomed the conditions in the capital city and said they were exactly what his side had hoped for because both teams will be in the contest. "To get the conditions we want, the ball must spin as little as possible".
When Pandya with his brutal hitting was shaking the very foundations of the South African pace attack, I wondered would this be the match-winning innings we all were waiting for or be one more addition to the list of individual glory, a consolation prize amidst the gloom of defeat? They were in the game for 90 per cent of the time. Sitting here as a batsman, the first priority is to win games but if the ball takes the upper hand, so be it.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India's star bowler in the first Test at cape town.
"There is no need to panic as a batting unit, we have played well for a long time - and we have played well away from home as well. So, we just need to adapt and apply ourselves better when we go out to bat", he continued. He admitted that there would be some discussion about India's opening batting combination, which suggests that Shikhar Dhawan's place could be in doubt after two poor dismissals against short-pitched deliveries last week. South Africa will depend upon Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis to score the bulk of runs.