Captain Faf du Plessis feels that South Africa’s young fast bowler can learn a lot from Mohammed Shami, including bowling effectively in domestic conditions.
Shami (Mohammad Shami) bowled deadly in Vishakhapatnam on the fifth day of the first Test, which helped India win the match by 203 runs. Du Plessis said on Wednesday before the second Test, ‘I told one of my young bowlers that this is a good opportunity for you to learn. I said that you can see how cricket plays when someone is at the top in domestic situations.”
He said, “You (young players) can learn how to use the angle of the crease and reverse swing the ball. In such a situation, there is obviously a lot to learn. The South African captain has been impressed by the impressive manner in which Shami bowled on the fifth day of the match.”
Du Plessis said that much can be learned from Shami’s bowling length. He said, “He is such a bowler whose balls hit very much with stumps. A lot can be learned in terms of bowling as well. We have to make sure that we do better. Especially in the first innings, we threw very wide balls (first test) so that they scored easily.”
Du Plessis indicated that there could be a change in the team for the second Test. He said, “For me the meaning of team selection is to make a combination of players who win matches. In such a situation, we have to find players who can take 20 wickets and score big scores.”
He said, “We could not take 20 wickets in the first Test, this is an area in which we have to improve. This makes you a match winner. We would like to select players who would like to make an impact in the match. Australia beat India on a spinner-assisted pitch in Pune in 2017, but the South African captain believes that the pitch will not be one-sided as it is part of the Test Championship.”
India and South Africa teams are ready to face each other in the second match of the three-match series. The match will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The first Test between the two teams was played in Visakhapatnam, where many questions were raised about the uneven pitch. Although Team India had won the match by 203 runs. Now everyone’s eyes are on how the two teams get the pitch in Pune. India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun has already said that on whatever pitch India is ready to play, while South African captain Faf du Plessis has also expressed hope that the Pune pitch Would be better than Visakhapatnam. In such a situation, while everyone is talking about the Pune pitch, we are getting you aware of every aspect of it.
It remains to be seen whether the grass will be removed from the pitch before the start of the Test. But according to the kind of weather, it does not seem that the pitch will be as dry as 2017. However, when it was talked to Maharashtra Cricket Association secretary Riyaz Bagwan, he refused to give any information. However, he definitely said that after rain stops, the match will be started as soon as possible.
Like the pitch, the weather in Pune is also changing every day. Some time ago, where there is sunshine, after a while black clouds are enveloping and there is darkness. It rains for a while. Although rain was feared for five days in the Visakhapatnam Test also, only one session’s game was washed out in the match. A similar weather has been predicted for Pune that it will rain for five days. Hopefully, like the first test, the rain will not disturb here too.