Former Indian batsman, Chandu Borde, has advised the Indian batsmen to leave the balls that are pitched outside the off stump to have some success in South Africa. He has also asked for the inclusion of the more technically sound K.L.Rahul in place of Shikhar Dhawan for the Centurion Test.
India suffered a crushing 72 run defeat in the First Test in Newlands and the loopholes in the technique of Indian batsmen were exposed by the Proteas fast bowlers as they were able to take the final 7 wickets for a mere score 82 runs.
"Therefore they should change their technique in such a way that anything that pitches outside the off stump, they should try and leave in the beginning and once you get set to that bounce and pace then play the shots,” said the 83-year-old allrounder told News18.
India lost the match because of their poor technique of countering the balls pitching outside the off stump. 14 of the 20 dismissals in the match were either caught behind or caught in the slip cordon.
"First thing is to stay there on the wicket, which is important, and particularly to leave the ball that is pitched outside the off stump.” “Another thing I would suggest is that instead of standing in the crease, they should stand outside the crease at least by 6 inches and meet the ball earlier and do not allow it to swing more," added Borde
"First match, ok, this was quite an eye-opener for them. They haven't played on this type of wicket recently. So to get acclimatized to such kind of wickets, you require to play at least 2-3 practice matches. That really helps particularly the batsmen to get used to the bounce of the wicket” said the veteran.
India suffered the first Test defeat, in 10 matches, at the hands of South Africa in the first Test in Newlands. Coming into the series, India were high on confidence from having been the number one ranked team in the world for over a year and
”Because one thing I have observed, this is one of the best teams that is visiting South Africa. This team has got the potential, they have got the players who can perform really well in any sort of condition," he remarked. "Bowlers can adjust their line and length easily. For a batsman to adjust is a big challenge. I am sure they will come back strongly in the 2nd Test” added Chandu.
Shikhar Dhawan got out of a bouncer in the match a delivery he has struggled with throughout his career. Border added that Rahul is a complete player and also much more technically stronger than Dhawan which makes his selection an obvious one.
"They (South Africa) have worked out a plan to get Shikhar Dhawan out by bouncing the ball, which Shikhar finds it difficult to avoid or hook. So, if Rahul comes, he is a different player, he is technically also sound. So it could be a good move to get him (Rahul) in," said Chandu Borde
Virat Kohli, who has 10 centuries away from home, was also added to the list of poor batting performers in this Test match. But his aggressiveness and positivity has always kept the team together and fearless from taking any challenges.
"He has got that confidence and he brings that confidence in the players, so that motivates the players," saying this the right-handed batsman signed off.