India seek 'intent' to combat South Africa speed kings

Centurion: India will aim to bounce back after their defeat in the opening Test against South Africa when the second match of the starts at the SuperSport Park here on Saturday with the focus on its batsmen. He answered: "It's amusing how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days..."

There is a school of thought that a track replicating the one in the first Test could have seen India dropping the spinner altogether.

The captain's comment is interesting given that Rahane's selection in the playing XI had not been called into question even once.

India's record of nine consecutive series victories will be on the line, after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by registering a 72-run win in the first Test in Cape Town. "We're playing worldwide cricket, representing the country at the highest level and everyone should be responsible enough to understand that they need to prepare in a way that they go along with the team's momentum", Kohli said explaining the individual responsibilities.

"When you look at the type of score that you have to defend, 208, someone has to make the play".

Now, coming to South Africa, the rainbow nation showed their professionalism by winning a very tight contest at Cape Town.

The surface plays a huge role in success or failure, but the quality of attack also matters. "But for them to come to South Africa, it would have been nice for them to have the practice game in foreign conditions".

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Borde described the current Indian team as one of the best sides to visit South Africa and exuded confidence that the visitors would make a strong comeback in the second Test which commences in Centurion tomorrow. I had explained the reasons why Rohit (Sharma) started ahead of him. "Sometimes I trained in two sessions so that I can get used to the altitude", Donald says. "All possibilities are all open at the moment", he said. "So I don't think there is any need to panic on that front and as far as the opening combination goes, we will decide today at the end of practice today", the captain said. On Thursday, the track seemed a hard and bouncy one with only a little sprinkling of green grass, quite unlike the one at Newlands.

"It looks like a really lively pitch‚ which is exactly what we wanted it to be‚" Kohli said. The trio played 360 balls scoring 181 runs among them during the course of both innings in the first test. "We are taking each day at a time and take it forward from there". We have been in a very good space, and we believe we can get them out twice again in this game. We have to maintain composure when you get sudden change of bounce, which you experience in South Africa.

"It can also be steep from length balls".

The skipper feels that despite the mistakes committed, his batting unit is in much better shape for this game. "So, we just need to adapt and apply ourselves better when we go out to bat", he continued.

"That series went by in home conditions without the Indian batsmen playing any real fast bowling".

"I don't think we need to panic because of collapses". "Sometimes when you have a long batting line-up you can take your foot off because someone else might come and do that".

"You need to stand at least half a meter outside the crease, if not a full meter, and force Vernon Philander to bowl shorter lengths at you".

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