Bowlers taking 20 wickets a positive, says MS Dhoni

"You also said you have nothing to prove". I was not comfortable with the Centurion pitch at all.

It is understandable that the Proteas and the cricket public want conditions that will help their team, especially after the disgraceful pitches produced by India the last time South Africa toured there. My problem with Centurion was that cricket was entertaining there. Since then, he has led in 33 more matches until the second Test in Centurion this past week.

While Sachin came close to record the 900-point achievement of Virat Kohli during his career when he bagged 898 points in 2002, the current Indian skipper is closely chasing down the number of records Tendulkar set which used to look like a mountain to climb for any batsman.

South African swashbuckler AB de Villiers found a positive for India in what has been a thoroughly disappointing Test campaign here so far - their "lively pace attack", which, he says, has surprised the hosts. "The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, have done a terrific job". But that hasn't been the case as India failed to reach the expectations.

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"India have really impressed me. I don't think Wanderers will be a friendlier wicket than that". They need to get some runs on the board.

But did India miss a bigger trick by not seeking a former South African cricketer as consultant for this series? India have to find ways to get the runs. Cricket is a game that offers huge scope for an individual to perform, and if he utilises that opportunity, his team benefits too. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled beautifully at Newlands.

"To say the defeat in the second Test was an embarrassment is an understatement". In these 34 Tests, he has fielded 34 different playing 11s. The stakeholders seem to have little respect for Test cricket. Two Tests down the line, all the calculations have gone wrong and the script has gone awry. "I feel there is always a battle between bat and ball, so for me that is a good Test wicket". He has done well still. If you can't take 20 wickets, what is the next thing? There is a difference between 29 years old after 80 Tests and 29 years old after 40 Tests. It was a game of grinding, hard work and pushing ourselves for longer and longer. There are of course issues with the team. Ajinkya Rahane should be included in the side and he comes in at 5, so you have someone who is technically sound coming in if there is an early wobble. Irrespective of whether you are playing at home or outside. Markram is aggressive in his run-scoring approach but Elgar is a grinder with a temperament similar to his opening predecessor Graeme Smith's; Amla is known for attractive stroke-play, de Villiers has become even more forceful than before, and du Plessis remains the master of the blockathon while somehow managing to add runs at the same time. What about Bumrah? I don't know enough about Bumrah because I have seen him bowl for the first time here.

"Virat's knock in the first innings was very, very good". We bowled well, we didn't bowl as well last time but this time we have bowled better. However, they didn't find any support from the batsmen.

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