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Skipper Kohli hails pacer’s attitude to deliver on spin-friendly wickets

Skipper Kohli hails pacer’s attitude to deliver on spin-friendly wickets

In the second innings, there was assistance to Shami's kind of bowling. He has seam and swing, besides that he has reverse swing which very few bowlers in the subcontinent have. Talking about the recent success of Indian fast bowlers in recent times he said, "There is definitely a chance for the pacers on any track provided they have the necessary skills, and our fast bowlers have done extremely well over the last couple of years, overseas and at home". Sometimes the outfield is also not great.

Arun, India's bowling coach, stressed that the pacers have the skillset to succeed in varied conditions.

From January 2018, India have toured South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies, winning the latter two series. "I think on flat pitches, he has the ability to pick wickets in dead situations".

After a commanding win over South Africa in the first Test, the action now shifts to Pune and India would look to continue their dominant run over the visitors who have plenty to ponder, right from the balance of the side, to the way they deal with the relentless bowling attack of the hosts.

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin-who claimed seven wickets in the first innings-managed to grab just one wicket in the second to complete 350 wickets in the longest format of the game.

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In the opening match of the Test series, Mohammed Shami soared above the expectations on a slow and low track.

He added, "The ball tends to lose its shine faster in the fourth innings and there are a lot of wear and tear on a fifth-day pitch".

The three bowled dismissals of Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, in particular, can serve as a case study to explain the brilliance of Shami. He then came back to break the South Africa rearguard as he removed Dane Piedt and Kagiso Rabada as India ran out comfortable winners. "You can always sit after a game like this what you can do but apart from Shami this morning, the seamers' job was of holding. It's all about wanting to make a play for the team even in conditions that are hard", Kohli said at the post-match conference.

"When we go overseas, we hardly look at the wicket. Now, the quicker a bowler becomes aware of what is happening, chances of success increase", said Arun.


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