Cheteshwar Pujara backs fast bowlers to give India maiden Test series win in South Africa

Cheteshwar Pujara backs fast bowlers to give India maiden Test series win in South Africa


The BCCI, in the meantime, has named KL Rahul vice-captain for the Test series

Cheteshwar Pujara feels this could possibly be India’s probability to win their maiden Test series in South Africa. For that, he backed India’s fast bowlers to be the purpose of distinction and decide up “20 wickets in every Test” on the tour.
“Our fast bowlers have been the difference between the two sides whenever we have played abroad,” Pujara mentioned. “If you look at the Australia series, even if you look at the England series, we have done exceptionally well as a bowling unit and I am sure that will be the case even in South Africa. Our fast bowlers are our strength and I hope that they will be able to utilise these conditions and give us 20 wickets in every Test match.”
Another factor that would work in India’s favour is lots of their squad members have just lately performed red-ball cricket. India hosted New Zealand for a two-match Test series in late November and early December, whereas Hanuma Vihari and back-up opener Priyank Panchal have been a part of India A’s shadow tour to South Africa. The hosts, although, final performed a Test in June, towards West Indies in Gros Islet. While Pujara did not dwell an excessive amount of on that benefit, he mentioned it was good that the gamers have been collectively just lately.

“The good thing is we played a couple of Test matches in India,” Pujara mentioned. “So most of the guys are in touch, and when it comes to preparation, the support staff has been excellent. They have been supporting us well and we have five or six days more before we head into the first Test. I am sure there is enough time for us to prepare and guys are looking forward to this series. This is the best opportunity for us to win our first series in South Africa. So all of us are looking forward to it.”

The series might be performed in a biosecure surroundings. CSA had initially put collectively barely relaxed bio-bubble plans however these have now been modified following the emergence of Omicron, the newest Covid-19 variant. Pujara mentioned whereas staying in bio-bubbles places sure restrictions on you, it additionally will get gamers to spend extra time collectively.

“Sometimes I feel bio-bubble helps the team environment where you end up spending more time with the team players, you are in the team room, you are having more team dinners together, so overall I feel sometimes it helps the team environment but yes, there are some challenges as well. You are not allowed to go out, you cannot explore the country. So there are restrictions as well but at the same time you are getting to play some cricket and that’s the most important thing being a cricketer. We want to play some cricket and we are able to play cricket even in a biosecure bubble, so that helps.”

This is India’s eighth Test tour to South Africa. The series will begin on December 26, with the boxing day Test in Centurion.

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