Ahead of the second Test match against India in Pune, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis shared some tips on how the neutralize the quality spin duo comprising of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Both the Indian spinner picked 14 wickets combined in the first Test match in Visakhapatnam. The visiting South African were short of answers while playing spin and bowling spin in the first Test.
However, the performances of Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock was commendable in the first innings of the Test match. It was the batting collapse in the second innings that led to the massive defeat.
"I think the first innings for me was possibly the difference with us from 2015. You try and survive on Indian spinning conditions and with that you can become too defensive and allow the opposition to be on top the whole time. There needs to be a good combination of positive play, element of taking risks at some stage of the game to transfer the pressure on the bowling team,” quoted Faf du Plessis.
"And the record speak for themselves. Specially on the spin bowling front, the two of them [Ashwin and Jadeja] have done really well in India, so you've try and put some pressure back on them. Otherwise they'll just bowl good balls all day long and one of those balls will have your name on it. The balance between attack and defence is important in the subcontinent," he added.
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami picked up a sensational five-wicket haul to rattle the visitors in the second innings of the Vizag Test match. Faf mentioned that Shami bowled a little bit quicker in the second innings and pitch also suited him. He stated that his bowlers should learn from the lengths he bowled.
"I felt that he bowled a bit quicker than he did in the first innings. Therefore obviously things happened a little bit quicker off the pitch. It was a day five wicket so he had that in his favour, but there's a huge intensity about his bowling. You're going to bowl short spells in the heat, but when you bowl you've to ensure you bowl with a lot of intensity and maximise it. And just learning from the lengths that he bowled,” Faf mentioned.
While talking about the conditions in Pune, Faf was quoted as saying, “It does feel like you know a lot but obviously playing a T20 game out there, the pitch is probably a little bit different. It doesn't spin much here when you play T20. It's a good batting wicket. But it's a nice stadium here, it's a good city to come to. The temperature's a little bit better. The guys are all positive. From a personal point of view, it's nice walking into the dressing room and there's a familiarity about it. You remember where you sat the last time you played here. You remember the innings that you played here. It's all positive and it makes one feel at home."