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2nd Test: SA 269/6 at stumps on Day 1

2nd Test: SA 269/6 at stumps on Day 1

He has the best overseas average among the current lot of Indian batsmen.

The 23-year-old Titans star continued his outstanding start to worldwide cricket with a magnificent 94, in the process lifting his Test average to a dream-like 73 and becoming the second fastest South African to reach 500 Test runs - in his fifth match.

"Obviously when you don't take wickets you don't get bull headed and believe things will get better from next time". I am not made that way atleast.

Ashwin too probed Elgar, and in the 24th over, had a caught-behind appeal turned down. Despite the selectors making few changes in the team, the final result was not what many expected. "I thought, he came back pretty well in the second spell when he was bowling a lot more quicker and trying and hitting, he was getting into the wicketkeeper's hands, thudding a lot more into the gloves", he added.

The off-spinner changed to around the wicket, pushed a delivery straighter and had the opener edging a late cut. In fact, if you ask my father-in-law who I had a chat with on the morning of the fourth day, I told him that I felt India had a chance.

The Indian conditions undoubtedly gave Ashwin the biggest assist possible, but there are a number of Proteas batsmen who played in that tour who will remember perishing to Ashwin.

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Ashwin also credited his county stint at England for being able with more patience here. AB de Villiers' aggression in innings of 65 and 35 was a key factor for South Africa. Yeah, I think, it does make a mark that you have got wickets against certain team and dismissed certain amount of batsmen in certain fashion. My first-class teammates would advise me to develop a lot of patience, and hearing those things from them was definitely a reality check for me. It left just enough time in the session for India to face one over.

"We are going to look at anything possible to take them out of their comfort zones".

"Then we walked into the round yesterday (Friday) and it was white and all of the grass was coming off it".

"All of a sudden I really had to pull myself back and think I am in the game now".

"Two days from the game it looked like we are going to play an all-seam attack".

The Uttar Pradesh pacer was undoubtedly the hero for India in the first Test. In the first test, he took the most number of wickets (6 wickets) showing skill in using the new ball & batted quite well showing patience and resilience. There was hardly anything for the fast bowlers at all. You may not get rank turners in South Africa, but if the wicket is not rock hard, then a spinner has a role. "Thankfully, we are playing with five bowlers", Ashwin said. The surface at SuperSport Park was nothing like that, however, with slow bowler Ashwin the one to profit on the opening day. "I am really happy to be in that position", was Ashwin's answer to the question on Shami. In between those two dismissals, Quinton de Kock was out first ball off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

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