South African swashbuckler A B de Villiers today found a positive for India in what has been a thoroughly disappointing Test campaign here so far - their "lively pace attack" which he says, has surprised the hosts.
Despite India's humiliating loss at Centurion which also cost them the on-going Test series against South Africa, Indians in general and captain Virat Kohli's fans in particular have a lot to cheer about: Virat has been named the "cricketer" of the year as well as the "best ODP player of the year" for the year 2017. That said, there needs to be some amount of consistency to go with it.If the think-tank wanted to adopt the now-famous horses for courses policy in picking teams wherein conditions have the final say, then Ajinkya Rahane ought to have walked out in Cape Town in place of Rohit Sharma.The former averages 53.44 outside India and 69.66 in South Africa, the latter averages 25.35 outside India and 15.37 in South Africa.
"He is very smooth and I think anyone with that sort of a run-up and action and smoothness and obviously uniformity of the action because you here so much about the action repeating itself".
"It's beyond words what Pierre de Bruyn did for me", Ngidi said of the man who plucked him from KwaZulu-Natal, and gave him a goal in Pretoria. "But yes, Maharaj is a good spinner and then there are four good fast bowlers, so pick them".
De Villiers returned to the longest format for the match against Zimbabwe last month, having not played a Test since January 2016. Only Virat Kohli has matched up to him with 153 in the first innings of the second Test.
"Everyone has chipped in", Du Plessis said of his charges.
"Anyone can have a day where they can bat through the innings but that doesn't mean that we are too dependent on that particular player". AB De Villiers said, "We have tried to do that over the last few test matches but the wicket didn't allow it and some good bowling as well".
Debutant Ngidi, who came on as first change, took a wicket with his first ball of the innings when Lokesh Rahul played a loose forcing shot off the back foot and was caught at backward point. "Credit goes to Indian bowlers." . "So, no definitely it's not something that I force". Not a chaser of records by his own admission, de Villiers said he is happy to miss out if the team ends up on the winning side. "If I get to score a hundred doing so then it's a bonus".
Aiden Markram also scored 94 in the first innings.
"In my eyes, he just started off the other day and has shown the maturity of a guy who has played 10 seasons", he said.
There was some bright batting early in the day when AB de Villiers and Elgar added 54 runs in the first hour, taking their third-wicket partnership to 141. "All three things have to come together well in tough situations to be able to win Test matches and series, and we have failed to do that".
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