Faf Du Plessis: We've asked for a wicket with pace and bounce


Former opener Virender Sehwag appeared unhappy with India captain Virat Kohli's bold selection for the underway Centurion Test, in which he excluded wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make space for Parthiv Patel and Ishant Sharma respectively on Saturday. "Both teams are into the contest and will have to play some good cricket". "I worked hard on my fitness and that is paying off", he said at Eden Gardens after picking up the Man-of-the-match award for an eight-wicket haul in the Test. Was the change which most of us were expecting a creation of our own imagination, not rooted in reality? "Bhuvneshwar performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified", Sehwag said.

"What I got from the groundsman is that the grass on the wicket has been burned from the heat over the last week, because it was too hot".

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Proteas captain Faf du Plessis sounded unsure of the SuperSport Park pitch on Friday‚ saying that it has an unusual thick layer of brown grass. "For us, at the moment, it is unknown and we will see how it plays over the next five days", he told a news conference.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli yesterday said that the players need to put in more efforts as the team can not afford to play loose shots. India lost the match by 72 runs and Rohit managed to score a combined total of 21 runs in the Test. It is worth noting that Bhuvi was the pick of the Indian bowlers in the first Test at Cape Town.

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The seaming, bouncing ball at the picturesque Newlands in Cape Town, once again became the nemesis of the famed Indian batting line-up, much like its predecessors in similar conditions. Sitting here as a batsman, the first priority is to win games but if the ball takes the upper hand, so be it.

In addition to that, Bhuvneshwar also batted for 127 deliveries - the most by any Indian batsman in that game.

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Talking about the balance in the team, he said, "Do we want to keep the same balance, of four seamers and a spinner, or do we look at an allrounder".