No reprieve for India in second test in Pretoria

Even professional boxers, known for their scientific methods of training, have complained for breathing problems here. Since it's widely believed that Rahul is better equipped to handle pace, bounce and lateral movement in the air and off the surface, does he merit a place for the second Test? Centurion and Wanderers, the venues of the next two Tests for India, are more than 4000-feet above the sea level - Centurion is 4500 feet higher and Wanderers is 6000-feet above the sea level and the big question is, are these players equipped to handle the demands of the nature here? He cited that the Indian team was very competitive in Cape Town.

Amre, who personally monitored Rahane's training before the series started further stated that Rahane's overseas numbers are enough to justify that he is the best player on bowler friendly pitches.

It is all but given than KL Rahul will make the playing XI in the 2 Test. South Africa, England and Australia were beaten on good wickets the last time they toured India. "It can be very hard, sometimes it can be very taxing on the fitness". It's easier to feel at home. "It was definitely a plan to keep him quiet, and also to drag him across to make sure that when you do bowl the other one, he is on the other side of the off-stump". "The workload (of the bowlers) should be carefully handled". There is not a single cricketer who has not made a mistake. These are not major adjustments but it is about getting used to the altitude. As a bowler you look to get the first wicket early and I got AB de Villiers. It's necessary to think more only when you are not batting well. So, how does one prepare?

There are three candidates -- two out-and-out pace specialists in Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi or Chris Morris who has batting skills as well as the ability to bowl at more than 140 kmh. 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. So that you can feel the intensity of the heat and altitude. "We have to maintain composure when you get sudden change of bounce, which you experience in South Africa", added the skipper. Donald, never a candidate for poor fitness, once struggled for breath during a Test against Pakistan and then realized that his asthma compounded his woes. I had explained the reasons why Rohit (Sharma) started ahead of him. The duo have played 115 Tests, yet could again lose out to the one-match old Jasprit Bumrah if India retain their attack.


India came to South Africa with a great sense of pride after 16 bilateral wins in Indian conditions dismantling the West Indies and Sri Lanka. They ended up at 450 for seven, with three India pacers - Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Shami - bowling 87 overs among them in the fourth innings.

"He has seen me since the time I walked in as an Under-19 boy at the NCA where he was the coach". If India were touring in the sub-continent, then it wouldn't be the end-of-the-world if they didn't play a practice game before the tour.

"He has got that confidence and he brings that confidence in the players, so that motivates the players", the right-handed batsman signed off. This is extra work for the people sitting on the sidelines.

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