India vs South Africa: Faf du Plessis wants different approach to put pressure on India spinners in Pune

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-10-09 17:02:00


Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 8 wickets in India's 203-run win over South Africa in the 1st Test (PTI Photo)


  • South Africa will look to bounce back in 2nd Test, starting October 10
  • Captain Faf du Plessis is confident South Africa will put pressure on India in Pune
  • You have to try and put some pressure back on India spinners: du Plessis

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that the visitors will be looking to start the 2nd Test on a high to put some pressure back on India after conceding a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. India and South Africa will meet in Pune for the 2nd Test, starting October 10.

Faf du Plessis said South Africa will look to strike the perfect balance between defence and attack when it comes to playing against India spinners, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the Pune Test.

Stressing that Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock showed the way when it comes to playing spin in the 1st innings of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam, Faf du Plessis said South Africa will look to put pressure on R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who had taken 14 wickets between them in Visakhapatnam.

India made 502 for 7 declared in the first innings after Mayank Agarwal's double hundred and Rohit Sharma's daddy hundred in 1st innings as Test opener. Much to the surprise of quite a few, South Africa came up with a stiff fight in their 1st innings, posting 431 after Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored hundreds.

However, their resistance was broken in the 2nd innings as they were bundled out for 191 after struggling on 70 for 8 at point in time on Day 5 of the Vizag Test.

"Possibly, the difference between 2015 and now is we try and become too defensive on Indian pitches and you allow the opposition to dominate you all the time. I think there needs to be a good combination of positive play -- element of taking pressure at some stage of the game and try and put the pressure back on their bowlers. Their record speaks for themselves. The two of their spinners have done very well in India," Faf du Plesiss told the media on Wednesday in Pune.

"You have to try and put some pressure back on them. Otherwise, they will bowl good ball all day long and one of those balls will have your name on it. I thought the way that Dean and Quinton played --- the balance between attack and defence is key." the South Africa captain added.

We want to start well in Pune: Faf du Plessis

South Africa have lost 8 successive tosses in Asia but Faf du Plessis expects the rub of green goes their way in the 2nd Test against India in Pune. The skipper also insisted that the Proteas are known for making comebacks and talked up the resilience in the visitors' unit.

"I think that's obvious to say in saying that in every Test, we would like to start well. We are a team that is very resilient. We come back almost always. We got a lot of characters and a lot of fights. For me, it's more about how we start, try and get ahead of the match so that India can play catch up for the rest of the series. That's a lot easier said than done. But we would like to make sure it happens. Hopefully, starting from the toss, I hope we can start that first punch," du Plessis said.

Giving a hint of what to expect form the much-talked-about pitch in Pune, du Plessis added: "If there is grass on the pitch, then it's great. Obviously we are used to playing on that. We are planning for a pitch that will be a bit drier and will spin. If it doesn't spin, then so be it. I think it's just about mentally getting ready for the match so that we aren't surprised by what is on offer [in Pune]."


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