‘We didn’t test the Indian batters enough’
Pune: The Indian team put out a batting masterclass on Friday against South Africa on the second day of the first Test here. While the hosts were gathering runs, the Proteas’ bowlers were unable to make any impression. South Africa’s team director Enoch Nkwe felt that his side did not test the Indian batsmen enough.
“We got ourselves to blame for the way we bowled in the morning. It was conducive to seam bowling, we just didn’t hit our straps. We didn’t test the Indian batters enough,” he said at the press conference. “When we do that we just allow the batters to get in and like I said it’s something we need to learn and learn very very quickly. Yes it’s a bit of an inexperienced bowling attack we have. But one thing I won’t question is the courage of our team.”
Left-arm spinner Maharaj, who took the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane, leaked 196 runs in the 50 overs that he bowled while also picking up an injury. Nkwe hoped that the spinner could shrug off the blues.
Nkwe is still optimistic about his side bouncing back on Day Three. “I strongly believe that the boys have that, they are capable of getting through some tough times.”