Stand-in skipper KL Rahul mentioned Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are Crew India’s finest middle-order batters and their knocks within the second innings of the second Take a look at will give them the arrogance to do higher within the subsequent match. Pujara together with Ajinkya Rahane stitched a 111-run stand for the third wicket and helped India lengthen their lead on Wednesday. Each batters have been going by way of a lean patch however ended up hitting essential fifties on Day Three of the second Take a look at towards South Africa.
“They’ve been nice gamers for us (on Pujara and Rahane), have all the time performed the job for us through the years, have been beneath the pump lately, however we imagine Pujara and Rahane are our greatest middle-order gamers, to go on the market, bat in that mindset and play such an innings. It will give them confidence and make them do even higher within the subsequent Take a look at,” mentioned KL Rahul after India suffered a defeat within the second Take a look at.
Dean Elgar performed a captain’s knock scoring an unbeaten 96 to take the hosts to a 7-wicket win levelling the 3-match collection 1-1 towards India.
KL Rahul mentioned the guests have been 50-60 runs brief within the first innings.
“Each Take a look at match we play, we need to win, we go on the market and compete laborious, however South Africa performed very well and deserved this victory. We have been trying to get on the sphere in the present day, try to do one thing particular, 122 to get, the pitch was enjoying up and down, we had an excellent probability, however their batters performed very well,” mentioned Rahul.
“If I need to be harsh, the primary innings complete of 202 was not less than 50-60 runs brief, we must always have scored extra and put them beneath strain. Shardul (Thakur) has been excellent for us, has received us a number of video games, he bowled properly within the first innings and gave us an opportunity in the present day as properly,” he added.
Indian Take a look at captain Virat Kohli had a spasm on his higher again on Monday morning and was dominated out of the second Take a look at.
“Virat is already feeling higher, he is been doing a little bit of fielding and suppose he’ll be high-quality,” mentioned Rahul.
“With Siraj, we have to monitor him within the nets. It is robust to come back again instantly from a hamstring problem, however we do have good bench energy within the type of Umesh and Ishant,” he added.
India and South Africa will now lock horns within the third Take a look at from January 11.
“We anticipated this once we got here right here, each Take a look at can be aggressive and difficult, we’ll be hungrier after this disappointing loss. Trying ahead to Cape City and the third Take a look at,” Rahul signed off.
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