"Biryani Brings Out The Best In Mohammed Shami", Reveals Rohit Sharma

Inzi-like Sharma has better technique than Sehwag: Akhtar

The Tamil Nadu off-spinner did not disappoint either taking seven wickets in the first innings and chipped in with one wicket in the second to end the match with a satisfying 8-wicket haul that also see him becoming the fastest bowler to 350 Test wickets jointly with Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan. Sharma put India in a commanding position with a century in each innings on his debut as a Test opener.His knocks of 176 and 127, coupled with a fine 215-run innings by Mayank Agarwal, helped India put India in a commanding position.

Subsequently, Ravindra Jadeja scored a significant 40-run knock while skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten at their respective scores of 31 and 27 before India declared their second innings at 323/4 to set a 395-run target for South Africa.

"Our bowlers are pretty skilful at reverse swing because when we play domestic cricket, the wickets are flat".

In the submit-lunch session, South Africa's decrease speak supplied some resistance led by Dane Piedt, who played a gritty knock of 56 off 107 balls.

After a commanding win over South Africa in the first Test, the action now shifts to Pune and India would look to continue their dominant run over the visitors who have plenty to ponder, right from the balance of the side, to the way they deal with the relentless bowling attack of the hosts. "Otherwise I think the conditions could have been very hard", Arun said.


Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar revealed that Mohammed Shami called him after India was ousted from the World Cup. "For a bowler to be successful, he needs to learn how to reverse the ball and that's where our domestic cricket contributes a lot". "Now, the quicker a bowler becomes aware of what is happening, chances of success increase", said Arun. "And then he came up with a magnificent spell", Arun told reporters two days ahead of the second rubber here. "The outfield is also not at times great".

India's bowling coach Bharat Arun says that the home side doesn't ask for the kind of pitches that they get.

The bowling coach also said that team management doesn't make any influence on preparing pitches. For us to be a number one team in the world, we've got to accept and play on any wicket that's on offer.

"When we go overseas, we hardly look at the wicket".

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