The decision of BCCI to cancel the only practice game before the start of the international fixtures against South Africa came as a big surprise, but KL Rahul is not of the same view as others. It was the only game which team India was to play ahead of the start of the international fixtures and the team management decided to cancel that game as well.
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Instead, the board decided to hire a new ground and lay a fast pitch on it, where team India will start practising soon. KL Rahul, the India opener, has said the that the team can’t complain about it and has to be ready for the challenges ahead,
“It would have been nice if there were a few practice games. We’ll have to make the most of the practice sessions we get. I’m sure we will prepare very well and very hard. Each one will come with plans for himself. As a professional, we can’t complain and need to be ready for whatever challenges come our way,” he told The Indian Express.
Whenever a team travels to a foreign country for a long tour, it asks for at least two practice games in case of a big tour but team India stunned everyone by cancelling the practice game. The visitors have a great challenge in South Africa as never in the history; an Indian team has won a Test series there.
This is a chance for the team to hunt the Proteas in their den but the team will have heaps of challenges going into the contest. Also, South Africa have likes Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada in their side, who will test the abilities of the Indian batsmen.
The first and the foremost job of the Indian batsmen will be to tame these pacers. In fact, if any of these pacers can get past the Indian batsmen right at the start, then he will continue to torture the batsmen during the full tour.
Indian bowlers will have to make most out of the conditions there too. Though there are bleak chances of Jasprit Bumrah getting a chance there, he could be the X-factor for the side, due to the strange action he possesses – if given an opportunity. He has already got the backing of former India pacer, Ashish Nehra.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to lead the pace attack in all the three Test matches.
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