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IND Vs SA, 2nd Test: ‘Aap karo toh Chamatkar..’, Sehwag lauds Indian pacers, takes a quick jab at Cape Town’s bouncy pitch – Magazine Creations

After a humiliating defeat in the first Test in Centurion, India thrashed South Africa by 7 wickets in the second Test in Cape Town on January 4, leveling the two-match Test series 1-1.

The extra bouncy pitch of Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town provided a clear advantage for the players, both for the Indian side and the Proteas. However, for the Proteas, Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah made things a bit difficult.

In the first innings, Mohammed Siraj picked up 6 wickets for 15 runs, while Bumrah picked up 2 wickets, limiting the Proteas innings to 55. Then again in the second innings, Bumrah picked up 6 wickets for 61 runs and Siraj picked one for 31 runs.

Apart from this, India’s Mukesh grabbed two wickets each in both the innings.

Read also: India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Day 2: India win 7-wicket victory, leveling Test series 1-1

Earlier, there was discussion about extra bouncy pitches in Cape Town, due to which the Indian batsmen faced some difficulties.

After India’s win in Cape Town, former India cricketer and legendary cricketer Virendra Sehwag praised Bumrah and Siraj for their brilliant bowling. He has also supported Indian baseball players in picking up quick wickets.

So he went to X and wrote: “Ab karo toh chamatkar.. Hum karen toh pitch bikar. 107 overs – Test match over. It also proves that if anything there is for fast bowlers, we are a bigger threat with our quality. Bumrah and Siraj were fantastic and a good start to 2024.”

Former India spinner Irfan Pathan also praised the Indian bowling attack and advised overseas cricketers not to complain while playing in India. He took to X and wrote, “When cricketers from abroad come to India on round pitches, they shouldn’t complain. It’s a skill they need to improve!”

Earlier, before the match, cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar and Shaun Pollock gave a pitch report and predicted a sharp and unexpected bounce.

Gavaskar believes the cracks were around 8 metres, which should not be a major concern for batsmen at Test level.

“If the ball stays up and down from here, the batsman should be able to negotiate it, and there shouldn’t be a problem. If it had been full, it would have been very difficult for the batsmen to make last-minute changes. If the batsmen can’t handle it,” Gavaskar said, “With any variable bounce from here (8 metres), they shouldn’t be playing Test cricket.” Star Sports.

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