Vastavam web: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis won’t mind if their fast bowlers, who have “X factor”, shape their victories against India and admitted they have demanded wickets which assist pace and bounce.”Sitting here as a batsman, the first priority is to win games. If we play in series where the ball takes the upper hand, so be it. As long as we are winning it is fine, Du Plessis said on the eve of the second Test.”If there was a bit of grass on it, it s fine then we back ourselves. If it was a low-scoring game, we d want to get 20 or 30 or 50 more. I expect a good cricket wicket and hopefully pace and bounce. We prepare bowling friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches.”
The hosts, who lead this three-match series 1-0, have one selection headache. They need to replace injured Dale Styen, with homeboy Lungi Ngidi awaiting his Test debut. All-rounder Chris Morris though is expected to take that slot.The Proteas are expected to retain the remainder of their bowling attack with Philander leading and the Test no.1 bowler in the mix as well.”KG (Rabada) is an incredible athlete – I think that s his strongest attribute. He s just such a strong bowler. He can bowl the whole day and he doesn t get tired. He s very fit, which is a great thing for a captain, because you know you can always throw the ball to him.
“I still believe his best is still to come. He is learning a lot as a bowler. With his body being so strong and the mind that he has on his shoulders, always looking to improve, the best is yet to come, du Plessis said.Talking about South Africa s settled batting line-up and AB de Villiers contribution, the skipper said, One less batsman makes your responsibility on the top six a little bit more. I don t mind that.”India go into this second Test with their record of nine consecutive series wins on the line. This is a must-not-lose match for them.”India, at times, were really good in that first Test match. That s why I said it was one of the best Tests I ve played in, because there were so many ups and downs for both teams. India was in the game for 90 per cent of the game, so it was a fantastic contest between two really strong teams.