Jasprit Bumrah,Joe Root
Bumrah and Kohli ecstatic after Root's dismissal [Image-Twitter]

Former South African pacer Fani De Villiers has said that the hosts have figured out how to play Jasprit Bumrah and it was evident from the way they batted against him in the second Test in Johannesburg. He went for 119 runs in the game and picked just one wicket in the first innings. Out of the 119, he was taken for 70 in the second innings as the hosts chased down 240 to win.

Talking to Indian Express. the former Protean pacer spoke about the Protean batsmen getting a measure of Jasprit Bumrah and playing him with purpose and application.

Dean Elgar Played Jasprit Bumrah Better Than Before: Fani de Villiers

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I don’t think it is a question of him lacking ability or he bowled badly. I think South Africa has worked him out. Since he has been India’s most important bowler, lots of team discussion has gone on how to tackle and survive Bumrah. I think South Africa has learned their lessons from the first Test,” Fanie de Villiers was quoted as saying.

“This is where he lacked in the second Test as South African batters were leaving so many deliveries from him. Even Elgar played him better than before, although he got hit a couple of times,” he added.

Fannie De Villiers further had a word of caution for the batsmen for the next Test in Cape Town. With both teams having one game, the third Test is the decider and India are on the brink of creating history. If they win the next Test, they will become the first Indian side to win a Test series on South African soil.

Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar
Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar, (Photo Credit: Getty)

“It is not going to be easy for the batters at Newlands. That has been the case for many years now. Bowlers, who can swing the ball, move the ball, and have variations are going to be the most effective,” he added.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is lined up to return in the third Test. Along with him, Ishant Sharma is also deemed for a comeback. The experienced duo will replace Hanuma Vihari and Mohammed Siraj who survived injuries in the second Test match.

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Anshuman Roy

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