Faf Du Plessis: We've asked for a wicket with pace and bounce

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This isn't a knee-jerk reaction to India's defeat.

In contrast‚ India captain Virat Kohli‚ after he made his inspection before training on Friday afternoon‚ welcomed the conditions in the capital city and said they were exactly what his side had hoped for because both teams will be in the contest.

"I also felt that by pushing him back we could get all three dismissals into play".

Although du Plessis is confident that his side can seal the series with one Test match to go in Johannesburg, he is also wary of the ability of the Indians to bounce back from the loss at Newlands. Play the SL vs IND ODI challenge and win cash prizes daily!

If the captains' moods on the eve of this second Test were a reflection of the atmosphere in the respective camps, then everything with India appears to be just hunky-dory.

"You will always find three bowlers playing one Test match, may be three-four Test matches, and then there will be a breakdown and that is an issue to be concerned about", he added. But he too is carrying drinks wearing the dreaded yellow bib. As things stand, Hardik Pandya has made himself undroppable through his performance, and it will be unfair - now that he has been picked - to drop Rohit after one Test. India have a real challenge on their hands. Virat Kohli & Co can't be blamed for one's own levels of expectations but it remains a fact that the performance, as much as their rhetoric, has not lived up to their billing, so far. It is not a fanciful thought: in the lead-up to the Test, the support staff has been putting in a lot of work on Parthiv's keeping and batting, and the same continued on the eve of the Test. This combination of ruthless confidence and willingness to bear the consequences of doing something that may not be universally approved is what makes him such a successful batsman and captain.

"Look at Cheteshwar Pujara".

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Ajinkya Rahane is out of form.

It was good enough for Shastri and Kohli to pen Rohit's name in the playing XI in a Test match. In both innings, he was squared up with short deliveries and ended up offering simple looped-up catches.

Going by the speed gun on the first morning of the second Test, Ishant was barely managing to register the same speed so the theory of his greater pace and bounce was just theoretical. In his dying declaration, Bariya said that he was upset over Kohli's wicket.

"Those are things you must mentally tune yourself to get over and adjust to".

To drop him yet again is nearly too easy. "In the previous game pace took them out of their comfort zones - this time it will be about the same lines and we must make sure that we have bowlers who can do that". Global circuit tells you what you need to improve on.

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The results can be rewarding, but for that, the men that matter, must continue to go with their gut.