Have to put in hard yards here: Senuran Muthusamy
- Muthusamy bowled five of the 35 overs sent down by the spinners with no returns but was happy to soak in the experience of big-time cricket.
- Muthusamy reckoned the conditions at the Vizag Stadium to be spin friendly.
- South Africa failed to execute the plans, admitted Muthusamy.
VISAKHAPATNAM: For Senuran Muthusamy, it's been a tough first day in Test cricket. The left-arm spinner from Durban completed the spin troika for South Africa after they decided to leave out Lungi Ngidi in the first Test against India.
The debutant bowled five of the 35 overs sent down by the spinners with no returns but was happy to soak in the experience of big-time cricket. "Some of the world's best players are playing in the opposition," Muthusamy said. "But I learned from my first day (in Test cricket) that you need to compete in every ball, you need to plug away and thereby try to take control," added the debutant.
Muthusamy, who has his roots in India with his forefathers from Tamil Nadu, reckoned the conditions at the Vizag Stadium to be spin friendly.
"We were expecting some more turn but that wasn't the case. It is obviously great playing cricket in India and it is a learning experience, getting know the culture. We have put in some hard yards here and I hope we can come back stronger. But we know the wicket was really, really dry and dusty. I am sure, it is going to deteriorate," he said.
South Africa failed to execute the plans, admitted Muthusamy. "We have plans for each of the guys but we need to give credit to them as they dealt with whatever we delivered. There were few balls in the air, balls edged this morning but credit to them. They batted well and we need to get them out first up in the morning tomorrow," he said.