As soon as Cricket South Africa asked SuperSports Park curator Bryan Bloy to fly from Centurion to Cape Town to assist the curator of Cape Town Evan Flint in preparing the wicket for the opening Test between India and South Africa the writing was pretty much on the wall that Faf du Plessis and his unit meant business and wishes not to allow India to continue their dominant run and pushed the star-studded Indian batting line-up on the back foot.
Team Indian skipper Virat Kohli has spoken about the prospects of winning the opening Test in a three-game series which helps a team to set up the remainder of the series in their favor. It gets very difficult especially against a top class team to make a comeback after going down 0-1 in a three-match series. With the look of things, it looks like that Du Plessis and the rest of the South African team are preparing to send the visitors into dungeons and that too in a ruthless way.
Bloy, the curator at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, is known to produce one of the liveliest wickets in South Africa. With Flint being troubled by drought, it was a sensible move to get Bloy assist him especially to assure that the lack of water doesn’t affect the plan of the Proteas to prepare a seam-friendly wicket.
A CSA official while speaking to CricNext said that the idea was just not to create a fast and a lively wicket but also one that has sideways lateral movement which has troubled the Indians in their recent tours of Australia, England and New Zealand in the last couple of years.
“The boys don’t just want a fast wicket, they also want seam movement. The idea is to work on South Africa’s strength and India’s weakness. Bloy was flown in to assist Flint in his preparations. I would like to believe this is how modern-day cricket works with home teams playing to their strength. Remember the 2015 series between these two teams in India?” he smiled.
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