Ahead of the Test against South Africa, it was India batting coach Sanjay Bangar, who appeared in the press meet. Breaking the conventional trend of the Skipper arriving on the dais, Virat Kohli refrained from speaking to the press. Although the head coach could not state about the exact combination of players in the primary XI, he gave a good gist of how the team is preparing to tackle South Africa at their backyard.
On player’s selection, Bangar commented, it is the condition of the pitch that determines the inclusion of players. He said, it the pitch is batting friendly, the thrust of selection is more on batsmen. While on bowling-friendly pitches, the team might play with up to five bowlers. The batting coach said, this trend is being maintained since the past two years and India does not have a different strategy for South Africa.
In recent matches, team India has been highly successful playing in Asian condition. Therefore, the imperatives of their win have much to do with home condition. The upcoming match in South Africa would be a game of India in international conditions after quite a while. This rang an alarm for the team, which is being on its long unbeaten stretch.
Before the tournament sets off, both the sides were wary about the pitch condition. In this context, Bangar highlighted that the selection of India bowlers is based on their experience of South African pitches. He said all of India bowlers in the team has “enough experience”. The coach mentioned Ishant Sharma, who is touring South Africa for the third time.
Per Banger, India bowlers will be consistent in South Africa as well. The coach said the visiting bowlers are well experienced on “pretty-flat” conditions. He said the team has built a great sense of discipline. He is expecting the same kind of discipline in the upcoming series to built up pressure on South Africa batsmen.
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