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IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Four players to watch out for

After thumping South Africa by a massive 203-run margin in the first Test of the three-match series at Visakhapatnam, India will look to seal the fate of the series in their favour in the second game at Pune. A lot of players came up with some sensational performances in the previous match and they would be eager to repeat the same once again in this match. Let us take a look at who those players are.

Rohit Sharma: The Indian opener scored two big hundreds in the previous match. He followed up his commanding knock of 176 runs in the first innings with yet another attacking knock of 127 runs in the second innings. His strike-rate during his two outings was the most impressive thing. While the first knock came at a strike-rate of around 72 ,the second one came at a rate of over 85. Rohit now averages over 50 against South Africa at home and he would be eager to better that figure in this match.

Senuran Muthusamy: The 25-year-old was handed his debut cap in the previous match mainly as a spinner. But it was with the bat that he impressed the most. Muthusamy faced over 100 deliveries in each innings and remained unbeaten on scores of 33 and 49 respectively. He could turn out to be a good batsman for the Proteas on this tour as seven hundreds and a batting average of around 34 in first-class cricket suggest that he is fully capable of wielding the willow.

Ravichandran Ashwin: The Indian off-spinner reiterated why he is India’s best bowler at home with a 7-wicket haul in the first innings of the last Test. The South African batsmen found themselves to be at sea against Ashwin as he kept troubling them with his tricks and variations consistently. Ashwin now has a bowling average of 13.69 and a strike-rate of 35.5 against South Africa in home Tests.

Dean Elgar: The South African opener played a splendid innings of 160 in the first essay of the previous Test and also claimed the wicket of Mayank Agarwal. It was Elgar’s batting efforts that helped the South African team to stay in the contest till the very last day of the match. His grit and patience with the bat in hand will once again be crucial at Pune. Moreover, Elgar has six wickets against India in these conditions at an excellent average of 23.33 as well.

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About Prasenjit Dey

Prasenjit Dey is freelance cricket journalist based out of Kolkata, India. Cricket runs through his veins and writing has always been his passion. He is now a part of both worlds, trying to make a difference by writing on the nitty-gritty of the game.

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