Jasprit Bumrah keen to rectify mistakes vs South Africa

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Centurion: India will aim to bounce back after their defeat in the opening Test against South Africa when the second match of the starts at the SuperSport Park here on Saturday with the focus on its batsmen.

"It's amusing how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days". Before the first Test, no one thought that he should be in the XI and now suddenly people are looking at the that option. "We're playing worldwide cricket, representing the country at the highest level and everyone should be responsible enough to understand that they need to prepare in a way that they go along with the team's momentum", Kohli said explaining the individual responsibilities. They haven't played on this type of wicket recently.

The former captain also appreciated the five-bowler strategy, adding that the reason India came close to securing a win in Newlands was that of their ability to take 20 wickets which will carry on to do the same in the upcoming matches. If Rahane has to play, Parthiv has to be brought in. Surrendering a 2-0 lead to South Africa will not dent their No.1 ICC Test ranking, but that will be of little consolation when the postmortem of the performance is done back home.

The opportunities like the one in Cape Town don't present themselves often and the Indian team management must be aware of that. "It really got me in my chest. So I started talking to our bowling coach what kind of things I should do, what kind of wickets are over here and what should I expect". "All possibilities are all open at the moment", he said.

"So, I don't think anyone needs to panic on that front and as far as your opening combination goes, we are going to decide at the end of the practice session today", the skipper said.

The wicket promises ample pace and bounce, but doesn't have as much green grass unlike the Newlands' wicket, reckons Kohli.

"We wanted something where both teams will be in the contest and we are happy to see the wicket".

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If we are to take Kohli's word that a player's current form is the criteria for their selection, Ishant should have featured in the first match itself. This is not the first time the India team was rattled by fast bowlers nor is it the first time they lost the first Test of a series.

"In the past, we have seen Indian pacers come here and get carried away with bounce and carry. You have to maintain composure when you get a sudden change of bounce because here bounce can be steep‚" he said. "It is hard for bowlers to set up their lines and lengths everytime the strike is rotating well", he had said after the first Test loss.

The skipper feels that despite the mistakes committed, his batting unit is in much better shape for this game. 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.

If a case is made out for Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit's camp will ask how can you drop a guy who scored 82, 51 not out, 102 not out, 65 and 50 not out in his last five Test innings, at an average of 175?

"I don't think we need to panic because of collapses". Stating that the decision to bench Rahane was a harsh one, Donald maintained that Rahane is the one who can the steady the Indian middle-order and hence his return to the Indian side will be a logical decision.

"What's happened in the a year ago does not matter. We prepare bowling friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches".

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