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‘Enough in the pitch for seamers’: Rohit Sharma optimistic of getting 20 wickets

‘Enough in the pitch for seamers’: Rohit Sharma optimistic of getting 20 wickets

South Africa stand-in skipper Dean Elgar won the toss and opted to bat first in the second Test at Cape Town.

One of the key reasons for Team India to lose the first Test was, their poor batting in Centurion first innings, where they could only get 245, in tough conditions. While the toss played it’s part there, it remains to be seen if that would be a factor in the India vs South Africa second Test.

On Wednesday, Rohit Sharma once again lost the toss, and was asked to bowl first, on a pitch that looked decent for batting. After the toss, Rohit said, “Would’ve batted first as well. Looks like a good pitch. We understand the challenge of batting first on that pitch, but nevertheless, there will be enough in the pitch for the seamers, so hopefully we’ll cash in on it.

Rohit added that it was important to move on from the first Test defeat, and focus on getting 20 wickets. “It is important to forget what’s happened in the past. We understand the importance of getting runs on the board, and getting 20 wickets. Didn’t happen in the first game but we’re upbeat about what we can achieve here. We have made two changes. Ravindra Jadeja comes back for R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur misses out, Mukesh Kumar replaces him,” he said.

India playing XI for 2nd Test: Rohit Sharma(c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Mukesh Kumar.

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