Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

India should have played warmup games: Sunil Gavaskar

India should have played warmup games: Sunil Gavaskar

After enduring an embarrassing defeat in the first game, especially with captain Virat Kohli conceding that a collective batting failure was the focal point of the loss, Team India could be in for a few changes for the second Test against South Africa.

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

India remain confident that they can beat South Africa despite losing the first Test after putting themselves in a favourable position.

South Africa won the first match of the three-test series at Newlands by 72 runs, having also elected to bat first, and Du Plessis is expecting the wicket to deteriorate on days four and five.

Set 208 for victory, India were bowled out for 135 in under 43 overs. "Both teams are into the contest and will have to play some good cricket". "What matters is what we are going to do from tomorrow onwards to try and win this Test match", Kohli put up a courageous front as he signed off. They used the conditions to their advantage and exploited the weakness of the Indian batsmen.

Gavaskar said: "I think Shikhar Dhawan is the "Bali ka Bakra" (scapegoat)".

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In the latest video shared by BCCI, India's time-served Test spinner Ravi Ashwin tried his hands at fast bowling and for a novice, he did well. "I'm not saying that Ajinkya can not or will not start in this game". Rahul's prominent display in Australia would still be fresh in Kohli's mind and picking him over Dhawan for at Least one Test this series won't be a hard call to make. All the Asian teams, let alone India find it well-neigh impossible to win, playing South Africa in South Africa.

Watch the second Test between South Africa and India at Centurion live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7.55am on Saturday. 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. If we play in series where the ball takes the upper hand, so be it.

"We'll look at things like are the conditions suited to four fast bowlers".

KL Rahul is also likely to replace Shikhar Dhawan as Murali Vijay's opening partner. He is a wonderful, gritty player who will always be up for a fight, but for a defensive player his defence in overseas conditions is not very good, and hence his struggles overseas. He's probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who will be playing on his home ground, however expressed his surprise at the presence of brown grass on the pitch in the pre-match press conference.

Then, in Kohli, Rohit and Pandya, India have three attacking batsmen who can put South Africa off their game, when that Kookaburra ball gets a bit soft.

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