1st Check: South Africa units India goal of 208

  • 1st Check: South Africa units India goal of 208

1st Check: South Africa units India goal of 208

A local police official told Hindustan Times that Babulal succumbed to his injures on Tuesday morning. We have written previously that 2018 is a year of reckoning for Indian cricket with the team playing in South Africa, England and Australia in quick order over the next twelve months after spending virtually two winters at home. He had received burn injuries on his face, head and hands, the official added.

After being outplayed in the first Test at Cape Town, India will have to resolve a few selection puzzles and respond better to the sharp bounce when they square off against a redoubtable South Africa in the second Test, starting at Centurion on Saturday.

He said: "I think at times they played very good cricket in that first Test". Winning the next two matches and sealing the series would be a huge claim to make.

Ishant is the only bowler in the Indian line-up who has already toured South Africa twice. "Our culture is strong on making sure that when young guys come into the team that we treat them as though they have played 50 or 70 or 100 Tests", he revealed. "Before the first Test no-one thought that he should be in the eleven and now suddenly people are looking at the other option", Kohli said on the eve of the second Test, here. Fast bowlers have been the leading wicket takers in Test matches for India outside the subcontinent, and their share of wickets has been the highest in the current decade. I am not saying that Ajinkya can not or will not start in this game. It remains to be seen if India will miss Bhuvi's swing which got them three early wickets on the first day of Cape Town Test. SA 4/0 after 3 overs. "Might do something also whether we will go with a different opening combination", he said.

While talking about the second Test, Indian skipper strongly believes that experience of Newlands will help visitors put up a better batting show in the second Test. His height and length (little short of good length) make him naturally suited for South African conditions. As you play more and more, you get to know a lot about the wickets. We want to look for whatever takes them out of their comfort zone.

Commenting on the Virat Kohli-led Indian side, which features prominent hitters such as Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma besides captain himself, Gavaskar said they need to be on their toes if they dream to script history in South Africa.

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. Sharma, who does not only boast of vast experience but also of a good height, can extract more bounce for the same reason.