But such counter-attacking and full-of-risk knock does not not pay off always and captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Ravi Shastri know that. "It looks a really lively pitch", Kohli said at his pre-Test press conference on Friday. Was the change which most of us were expecting a creation of our own imagination, not rooted in reality? For a follower of the Indian cricket team, there is one emotion that has shadowed him from time immemorial, the terrible feeling of an imminent defeat, whenever playing in a foreign land and on a wicket layered with grass. "Bhuvneshwar had performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified", he added. "This pitch will again test us to play our best cricket and that is something we are looking forward to".
"So, I don't think anyone needs to panic on that front and as far as your opening combination goes, we are going to decide at the end of the practice session today", the skipper said.
"From what I got from the groundsman, the grass on the wicket has been burned from the heat last week when it was very hot". "There is a thick layer of brown grass so it's not something we're used to seeing".
One could have still given the benefit of doubt to the Indian batters that they were new to South African conditions if the entire team fared the same way. I said that match was one of the best I played in because there were so many ups and downs for both teams. I expect them to take positives out of that game. The hosts bundled out India for 209 and 135 in the two innings, registering a 72-run victory at Newlands, Cape Town.
In addition to that, Bhuvneshwar also batted for 127 deliveries - the most by any Indian batsman in that game. Kohli said they had gained from their experience in Cape Town - and the mistakes they had made there. Let us take a look at five reasons why Ajinkya was dropped from the Indian Test side for the ongoing South Africa tour.
However, Kohli didn't mention whether or not there will be a change in the playing eleven.