Cheteshwar Pujara has been struggling for form with the bat lately.© AFP
The Indian team recorded a comprehensive win against South Africa in Centurion, taking a 1-0 in the three-match Test series. But India’s middle class is still a concern for team management as senior batters like skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have yet to get into shape with the bat and if they don’t perform they might as well get fast equipped, especially Pujara who scored 0 and 16 in the Centurion Test match. “Our batting department is not doing well. KL Rahul is the only key factor, but we cannot fully rely on him and Virat Kohli, but here I want to talk about Pujara that he has to score points because a centurion like Shreyas Iyer is waiting for him. the squad because of you because you are a senior player and if your flop show continues you will have to rest soon.” Former Indian cricketer Sarandeep Singh told ANI.
The Virat Kohli-led side made history in the first Test by registering India’s first-ever victory in Centurion. The way they defeated the hosts raised expectations that India’s first test series on South African soil would win.
“The team is doing a damn good job and I have every confidence that we will win the series when I talk about the South African team, they are just playing for it and not for the win. They have a weak batting and bowling line-up and from the second test Quinton de Kock will not be part of the team, so the batting order will be bad and our team will do well,” Sarandeep told ANI.
Indian bowlers have been in sensational form, sacking Proteas for under 200 in both innings at Centurion. The achievements of young pacers give team management many options to choose from and seniors like Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are missing out.
“Our bowling department is doing so well and look at Siraj when we play him for Ishant on the team it shows how well he plays and how well he did for the team. Speaking of Bumrah, he is a masterpiece for us and the way he plays is great. So India will definitely win for the series.” Sarandeep Singh told ANI.
The kind of shape Indian pacers are in want to give their squad an unassailable 2-0 lead in Johannesburg and if they do they will make history by becoming the first Indian team to win a Test series in South Africa.
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