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India have great chance of maiden series win in South Africa: Dravid

08 December 2017, 06:09 | Charlene Valdez

Pujara admitted India were expecting more wear and tear on the surface on the last two days. PTI file

Pujara admitted India were expecting more wear and tear on the surface on the last two days. PTI file

In total, the Delhi Dasher amassed 2818 global runs combining 1059 runs from 10 Tests, 1460 ODI runs from 26 matches and 299 T20I runs from 10 matches. "We were expecting this surface to deteriorate a little more, on day four and five". He admitted, though, that they were able to adapt better after the first two days but it was a struggle nonetheless.

He further expanded on the issue and described the lack of sharpness from spin bowlers as a one-off occurrence.

"If you look at the number of wickets [Ashwin and Jadeja] have taken, it is remarkable", said Pujara, in defence of his teammates. If you look at the entire home season, they have been the most hard bowlers for any opposition.

"I do not like comparing people but he is one of the best batsmen in the world in all three formats of the game". In India, any other pitch on day five, there will be lot of assistance. India did not have enough time to prepare against South Africa and therefore opted for green tracks during the home series against Sri Lanka. "With U-19, what we are trying to move the players from junior level to the Ranji level and then hopefully the Indian team", said Dravid defending the decision to exclude Shaw from the Asia Cup squad.

"We are having a chat about it and we will assign a few players who will be there throughout the series", said Pujara. If they schedule a match here, we will come and play here. In his opinion, Kohli would carry a balanced bowling side, which include good pacers, quality all-rounders and top-class spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. "But we have already started talking about it", the 29-year old explained.

Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara on Wednesday said India will bank on fast bowlers to do the damage during the South Africa tour next month. "We have enough experience of being in South Africa". Numerous players in this team were on the 2013 tour. It will definitely help us. Dilruwan Perera, who opened the batting in the first innings, was also dropped by Shikhar Dhawan at second slip before going on to score 42 runs.

Smith though has been in a different league and last week reached 941 points, the joint fifth-highest in terms of the highest points tally in batting history in Tests. "That will give us some advantage".

"I was always allowed to bat the way I want".

Recently an worldwide cricket match in the Indian city of Delhi had to be temporarily halted in the middle of the game for an unusual reason. Kohli will not play in the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka to remain fresh for South Africa.

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