SA A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Rustenburg, 1st day

Pujara, Rohit put India A in control

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August 17, 2013

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India A 281 for 3 (Pujara 137, Rohit 70*) v South Africa A
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Cheteshwar Pujara raises his bat after scoring his fourth Test century, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day, March 3, 2013
File photo: Cheteshwar Pujara went past 6500 first-class runs © BCCI

Cheteshwar Pujara hit his 21st first-class century in a 176-run partnership with Rohit Sharma as India A dominated the opening day of the first unofficial Test against South Africa A in Rustenburg. Pujara won the toss on a dry pitch, and put his team on their way to a big score with his second hundred of the tour. Quite contrary to what the senior India side will likely encounter on their South Africa trip in November, the wicket played slow and aided turn, with spinners sending down 36 of the 90 overs bowled.

Pujara arrived at the fall of Shikhar Dhawan for 11 in the 17th over, and it took the second new ball to dislodge him in the 84th over, by when he had breezed to 137 off 203 deliveries with 17 fours. Rohit, yet to play a Test after 102 ODIs, ended the day unbeaten on 70 in the company of Ajinkya Rahane, who came in at No. 5 after once having been in contention for an opening spot.

The India A batsmen were playing their first first-class game since Australia's tour of India in February and March. For Dhawan, it was his first long-form innings since his sensational Test debut in Mohali. Dhawan and Vijay were cautious against the new ball, with India A managing only 20 in 14 overs in the first hour. Spin was introduced after drinks, and Dhawan took on the offspinner Simon Harmer immediately, sweeping him for six. He fell on the same shot in Harmer's next over though, edging to slip.

Vijay batted through the opening session, driving for several boundaries through the covers, and also edging a couple through the slip cordon. He fell just before the drinks break after lunch, going caught behind for 44 off the fast bowler Andrew Birch.

Pujara had nearly caught up with Vijay by this time. The India A captain collected most of his boundaries through the cut, which is one of his strengths. Rohit was strong on the drive and cut as well.

Pujara picked up more pace after reaching his hundred in the 73rd over. He attacked the second new ball with a series of cuts, before missing an inswinger from Wayne Parnell to be bowled. Rohit and Rahane saw off six overs till stumps without further damage.

"Initially the wicket was doing a bit and when I went in to bat the off-spinner was turning the ball," Pujara said. "It was important to stay at the crease and to avoid losing more wickets. It was difficult to score at the beginning but once I was set I could play my shots."

Vincent Barnes, the South Africa A coach, was reasonably satisfied with his attack. "I thought we stuck to our guns for probably three-quarters of the day," Barnes said. "We kept them quiet. It was a strange type of wicket, there wasn't much in for the bowlers. There was also a period where we got a bit impatient and started looking for wickets.

"They played and left well, allowed themselves time to get in before they played risky shots and capitalised against the older ball.

"It will be important for us to get stuck in with a couple of early wickets. We have to be patient; it's not a wicket where you should try to do too many things, even though the ball is new."

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Posted by ramz30380 on (August 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

@ Dilip Singh - Plz read my sentence carefully & completely! I had mentioned that in context to another comment wherein the individual had suggested that to include Rohit Sharma they have to take him as an opener - I am against the theory of dropping an individual just for the sake of accommodating another.

Rohit is yet to play an international test match - we dunno whether he may deliver or not - but M.Vijay was the highest run scorer agsint Aus - a tried and tested solution is in any day better - u cant experiment in a series like SA.

@ Rohit - Agreed. But i think that M.Vijay deserves a longer leash at the test level. Just how we cant be judgmental abt SRJ playing in SA, we cant be judgmental abt Vijay without playing him for a test match there.

Anyways its a good thing to have the problem of plenty - i hope we can say the same abt our pace bowling dept as well!

Posted by ramz30380 on (August 18, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

I cant understand the logic behind declaring when Nadeem is on 46*, they were scoring more than a run a ball - at least they cud have waited till the man scored a half century - though this is a List A match, it still wud have been a confidence booster for the young man.

Well done Unadkat! A wicket in the 7th over of an innings is good! This lad is sure pushing his case with the selection committee. Will this pose a threat to the unpredictable Ishant?! We have to wait and watch......

Posted by Rohit... on (August 18, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

@ ramz30380 : Well I initially had the same feeling as you have now, but there is point which you are missing... Vijay's weakness to swinging bowlers... He does not provide the confidence which the management expects from an opener... It is for the same reason MSD opted for Rohit as an opener in CT... Now against Steyn and company in grassland facing a RED ball, I don't think he will opt for him ahead of Rohit Sharma... He might give the preference to Rohit to open with Dhawan and so Rohit should open the batting in tests to get the experience.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

3-80 JP Duminy - chances are he will be the sole spinner come the test matches.

Posted by android_user on (August 18, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

is dis series brodcasting anywer??

Posted by android_user on (August 18, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

rohit sharma my dear brother good batting

Posted by vinaykmr on (August 18, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

@ ramz30380. dk is much better than rohit. @ Naman Gupta. ravindra jadeja has been nemesis of ausis' capt whether clarke, or watson. he has done brilliantly as bowler that cant b denied. so jadeja can definitely b taken as main strike bowler n atlast even as fifth bowler cum batsman.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

@ramz30380:"Rohit Sharma in the side - someone who is yet to prove his credentials as a Test player"... how many opportunities has he been given in the test matches? None. He is a better Ranji Player than an ODI player. India kept trying him in the wrong format and then people conclude that he is no good. In this match Vijay was able to score 40+ with a lot of edges. He was lucky not to get out like Dhavan did. Only Pujara and Rohit were able to play properly, like it is needed in the longer format.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Dont dismiss away Harmer as a harmless batsman; as a mere bwoler doing night watchman's duty. He has a 100 and an avergae of 40 to his credit in first class matches!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Unadkat got one opener. If we get one more before the close, it will be icing over the cake. This is what I meant by giving around 10 overs or so to our bowlers!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

@Naman Gupta on (August 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT). If we look at the contributions of allrounders like In Botham, Imran Khan, or our own Kapil Dev, we will not cast aside the idea of all-rounders, so dismissively. One good allrounder, means, the team is effectively having 12 players!

Posted by vsroc on (August 18, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (August 18,2013) India'A'piled up a huge total with the help of three centuries scored by Pujara,Rohit Sharma and Raina respectively.Let us hope that our bowlers will bowl well to restrict S.Africa'A'.

Posted by ramkmu on (August 18, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Could BCCI have negotiated more representative pitches to give the players some useful experience on pitches typical of SA test matches? Often performance overseas by any team depends to a large extent on getting used to the pitches and other conditions ? Congrats to Pujara, Sharma, and Raina on their centuries and most tailenders on large scores, but these may be irrelevant.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

@mahi678. Agree with you. Even more so in the next match, if they win the toss and bat. They will get back at our bowlers (as Tony Greig would have said, make Indian Bowlers 'growel'.) India, better include one more regular bowler for the next match to face that eventuality. Or, get not only Raina, but also Dhawan & Rohit to turn their arms over, for more overs than what could have been normally due!

Anyway, may not be a bad idea, after all. In this match, India got batting practice. In the next, perhaps a little more bowling practice! No harm!

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

not to add much but 5 bowlrs is better than 4 in any circumstance. whats the use if in 4 bowlers on bowlers fails and opposition gave stiff target, adding immense pressure on batting. on other use of only 4 bowlers prone to injuries. thiis is where all rounders come to purpose. always good to have on or two allrounders or even more if possible; that too natural all rounders like jadeja but not some one like pathan who was asked to do all rounder job. (sorry if some one felt bad. 7-4 combation with only four bowlers, wicket keeping with class batsman like dravid, forcing pathan to become allrounder- these are actions of dadaji. these made our bowling week.)

Posted by winlotus on (August 18, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Pande,Unadkatand nadeem have good scoring rate over rest of the team!

Posted by realfan on (August 18, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

i dont look much into raina's century here..... its better to have a coonsistent player instead of inconsistent left hand player ........ raina has been tested for nearly 20 tests and averages just over 28... for a batsmen 28 average in testsafter 17 test matches is not good sign...... apart from debut century there has been nothing special in his test career uptill now..... and he is vulnerable to short balls, and you expect him to survive in SA??? better get someone like rahane or rohit, who have good first class record and way better technique than that jadeja is in team, we dont need another left hander....... i hope selectors think beyond raina.....

raina is very gopod for odi and t20.... but he shouldnot make into test ......

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Conditions in SA are not going to be spinner friendly and two spinners is a waste in which case playing Jaddu as batting all-rounder will create an all rounder out of him and he has no experience in overseas conditions against test class fast bowlers. It would be better to blood a genuine batsman rather than experiment with Jaddu. Remember team India has rookie batsmen top to bottom with the exception of MSD in batting and Pujara has played ONE TEST in SA. Hopefully Gambhir gets in to form and is picked up for SA trip. Rohit, seems to have turned the corner based on his performance from the start of the Champions Trophy and is technically sounder than Raina who cannot be trusted against the pacers. All said and done team India has a bunch of rookies other than Gambhir [if he gets picked] and SRT. Also, remember the core three bowlers expected to play BK, Ashwin, and Umesh have never toured SA and we all know Ishant and only ZAK is the experienced if he gets picked. Tough Tour ahead.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (August 18, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

This is excellent news again. Another flat track for the Indians to get over-confident for their upcoming tour to SA and also create batting selection headaches.

Rest assured, the Test match pitches will be fast, bouncing and seaming. Just ask Australia 47 All out. SA will identify that their pace attack is better than India's therefore the Test pitches will be seamer friendly.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Is, India picking up a trick from Steve Wagh; "Mental Disintegration" of the opponents?

Posted by Arjun_M on (August 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

This appears to be a flat pitch again. Indians are not alone in their struggles on flat pitches- even a decently-strong SA-A attack is struggling to wipe the Indian tail end.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Indian tail seems to have picked up the cue from the tail of the opposing teams! Hope, they will not return the favours, when South Africa bats!

Posted by ramz30380 on (August 18, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

@naman gupta - agree with u on Ishant. Though I am still unsure as to whether he does well in the ODI format! Bhuvi is doing a decent job and I am sure he will be the lead bowler around whom the others will operate as far as the fast bowling dept goes.

On that note, something tells me that Zaheer will be in reckoning for the SA tour and if thats the case, it will only be fair to have Zaheer, Bhuvi, Yadav for pace, Ashwin and SRJ as spinning options. S.Dhawan, M.Vijay, Pujara, SRT, Kohli, MSD - will be the top six for a 6-5 combination. If there is a 7-4 combination, then there can be a slot for R.Sharma or S.Raina or DK.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Yes, Nambidi. The last 10 overs or so, it will be good to throw the ball to our bowlers and try to get one or two S.A. wickets. Not only for some bowling practice, but also to boost the morale of the bowlers.

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

if i presumed right, SA will do same like india did. batting all the way long. 4 bowlers not sufficient- may be it india or SA. need balance between bat and bowl not batting dominated like india(it is now changed though) or bowling dominant like pakistan. newzeland is more balanced team though they do not perform so well.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

@Snambidi on (August 18, 2013, 12:31 GMT). Why should India declare at all, from any pint of view. What India needs more in SA is batting practice. More of the batsmen in this team may figure in the national team later. Moreover, in test matches, batting of the lower half -- even up to No.11 -- is vital, some times to win; sometimes to draw.

If winning is the objective of this match, the chances of that can be improved only if India-A can enforce a follow on. That can be achieved only if we have as much as possible in the kitty in this innings itself.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

@mahi - I am not against his position as a bowler. But then he replaces Ishant instead. Someone like dhoni (who does show a lot of faith in him) will give a lot of overs to him, which will only mean ishant won't do much as a bowler, so why pick him. Plus ishant will only do a containing role like jadeja (ishant does have a very low economy by the way), but jadeja can do it for a longer time as he is fitter and he is a spinner. I am against the idea of having allrounders. One should not be asked to become an allrounder - no matter how talented he is in batting or bowling. Even with the worlds greatest allrounders, the other role is only an extra. I would't mind 5 specialist bowlers, but that is when pitch is really flat, which won't be case in South Africa.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

@mahi - I am not against Jadeja's position as a bowler. Plus u are judging him based on him against a team with only one batsman averaging more than 35 on turners. Plus we already have one spinner in ashwin, who is a better bowler. If u want to pick him then drop ishant, and pick him instead. Ishant is only good for ODI's anyway not test level. I am against the idea of 5 bowlers as I feel it is weakening our batting lineup. Also how many overs do watson, kallis or hafeez bowl for their respective teams. Kallis mainly bowls in SA, but despite that only bowls about 10 overs an innings - which is really a couple of small spells. This is really not taking a lot of workload off bowlers. Plus India conceded 600+ runs in Australia twice in 4 tests yet everybody stayed fit. B kumar is a lot fitter than zaheer by the way. So fitness shouldn't really be an issue.

Posted by ramz30380 on (August 18, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

While i type this comment Raina is on 135* - His century has means a lot eyeing the senior team's selection rather than Rohit's. No doubting Rohit's talent here, but a left hander is wht the Ind team lacks at the moment in the middle order - the vacant slot of Saurav that is yet to be filled in by a proper batsman.

@Rohit, there is no need to alter the opening slot - i think it has been decided that M.Vijay and S.Dhawan will b opening for Ind in the tests. In the shorter format its alright to try Rohit, but he is not an opener. It will not be fair to M.Vijay - that guy has done immensely well and there is no reason he shud be dropped just to fit Rohit Sharma in the side - someone who is yet to prove his credentials as a Test player.

@ Naman Gupta - SRJ is in the side as an allrounder & not as a spinner. He can bat, bowl & field well - another utility cricketer. He is anyday better than Hafeez & more so MSD has his way of handling him tht has contributed to his success.

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

@naman gupta, u r right for some one like pathan. he was hiped as all rounder and made to work towards that. so he lost his original talent. this is not case of jadeja as he is natural all rounder. but if was asked to open the innings or play at one down, he may become another pathan. so 6 or seven suits him. he should try to prove as bowler first then all rounder.

Posted by Snambidi on (August 18, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Alhough JPDominy partially dents the Indian"A" first innings,no serious damage

aperantly no serious seems to have been done to them by the SA"A" bowlers.

With 3 centuries from,Cheteswar Poojara,the captain,Rohit Sharma&Suresh Raina has taken Indian Score to a dominating position in the Unofficial Test

Match at 4449/6 in the 145th over.Why Poojara not declaring even now is Best known to him alone.

Anyhow, forcing a win in the 4 day match still 2 more days left does nort appear to be a vain hope.This indicates that the Indian youngsters are following the footstep of their dominating Skipper MSDhoni even in the South African Soil. All the Best to India&SA "A"s in the next two days.

Posted by GRVJPR on (August 18, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

If pujara is a sure selection, based on this century, why not Raina? Between, bot struggled along with others on last tours. Pujara has done well in India only in international cricket, but so has Raina. There can't be different standards for selecting players.

Posted by Rohit... on (August 18, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

I wonder why Rohit did not open??? With Raina among runs and DK in the waiting list, Can he be chosen for middle order once SRT, Kohli, Dhoni & Jadeja returns?.... His only option is opening slot and Pujara must give him a chance to open... Otherwise I don't see him making it to the team with Pujara at 3, SRT at 4, Kohli at 5, Dhoni at 6, Jadeja at 7 and Raina & DK as replacements... If you want Rohit in Test team, then Open with him.

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

@ Naman Gupta, ha ha, u cant tell abou jadeja, without knowing how he can bowl in SA. spinners can fare well in every ground. see sharne warne, yes jadeja, is mostly bowler but he can bat well. thats why he is in the team. indians are best to play aganist bowlers. no one in the world can compare to indians with the ability to play agaianist spin. in happened many times where pace bowlers failed many times butr spinners do click. but the opposite is very rare to see. even if he is just a bowler he can stay in the team. he is main spinner for india.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

but regarding allrounders. Days of kapil dev, imran khan hadlee and botham are long gone. It is ridiculous to expect someone to bat and bowl well in tandem. U will end up getting bits and pieces players that can't do both. kapil, hadlee and imran were mainly bowlers for their respective team and their batting was just an extra. Imran khan only improved his batting when he was almost finished as a bowler and saw paksitan develop a good bowling attack with wasim, waqar, something kapil didn't do for sake of hadlee's record, in process holding back careers of srinath in process. I mean we can't afford to lost bowlers like we did with ifran pathan, who was told to bowl fast and bat well ended up almost losing what he does best: swing.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

@mahi - I am not against Jadeja - infact I feel he is a good solid accurate bowler. But when India goes to South Africa how much of a role will he play as a bowler when u already have ashwin as a spinner. Hafeez is a very accurate spin bowler like Jadeja but how much did he bowl when he went to South Africa in tests. He is called a batting allrounder, but unless conditions suit their bowling, the bowling role is negiligible. Now comes batting and fielding. now comes fielding and batting. Jadeja is best fielder in world no doubt. But there are few players from India that can do 80% of job Jadeja does as a fielder, and yet bat twice as good - with the likes of rohit, kholi, rahanee, pujara. If u want an all rounder that person is none other than irfan pathan, useful on those green tops, forming a left right combination with kumar with new ball, and a decent batsman who has also opened before, hence bringing versatility to the side. But I prefer a speacilist batsman instead of allrounder

Posted by Capricorn60 on (August 18, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Hope Rohit has now done enough in answering his critics too - with his timely century in this match - to make his Test debut batting at No. 6 when India tour SA later this year. However much Jadeja had improved as a player, he is still not good enough to bat at No. 6 against the likes of Steyn, Morkel etc in these tough overseas Tests & where India too are highly unlikely to play or need more than one frontline spinner due to pitches that will be much more seamer-friendly then when compared to now.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

I am wondering why Sandip sharma wasnt included in India A squad, hes playing for u23 squad but on SA wickets would have been more then useful then Unadkat n even Shami

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

@Arjun_M, the same point i was saying. from the time of ganguly it happened that the captains fallow 7-4 batting n bowling side. that is not good. this causes extra pressure for bowlers and make them injury prone. what good is done if a side made 300+ and still cant be sure of a win. and if other team bats first, the tam batting second gets much pressure that even if the batsman are talented cannot stand pressure and gets out. at the end 7-4 policy is not good for batman and neither bowlers not even good for team.

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

I will say pujara's confidence is sky high in tests than n one days earlier. this is because he already showed what the can do in tests and that does not mean he is not good iin ODIs but need some time to adjust. pujara, rahane and rohit have same avgs in first class; pujara is more confident than the rest two at moment and that reflect in the strike rate.

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

aaaaa h, rohit made a century, congracts to him. lets see how rahane fares. its the battle between rahane and rohiit for test place. but i want to say poor bowlers need to bowl day and half or more. i reiterate it need fiive bowlers in test matches not just four. thanks to jadeja who solved the problem for indian team.

Posted by Arjun_M on (August 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

India A can't compete with just four bowlers, given the strength and pedigree of this bowling roster. They needed the fifth bowler, who would provide far more to his place in the side than Raina. They've missed a trick by leaving out Rassool, who is as capable a batsman as anybody at six.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 18, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Vijay, Rohit, Dinesh K. & A. Rahane have the exceptional temperament apart from Skills & Talents other than Pujara. These are the best first class players in India right now. We have nothing to achieve in ODI as we are way ahead of all teams. We will play 36 ODIs but 5 Tests only in the year 2013. There was a time in the past when we were serious about playing Test. Looking at a long term perspective, we must focus on Test & these 4 players. It would have been better if we play 5 bowlers with 6 batsman and DK as wicket-keeper. Rasool & DK would have made team more balanced. Saha's inclusion may be because of warming bench most of the time. But still it was harsh for class players. Let us see how this game goes & how SA A responds. SA A was dominant against Oz recently. Let's watch temperaments of our best players as we were not good in 2nd innings ........history tells.

Posted by mjrvasu on (August 18, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Why is the spinner Rasool not playing

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (August 18, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Indian batsmen are good in many parts of the world now, and they have to test them in bouncy conditions. If the SA conditions are not classic SA conditions, then its not much use for the Indian batsmen. India sketched for year end test series but SA thrown a bouncer by not providing good bouncy pitches. One point which I did not understand is, If Indian selectors thought that Indian players should adopt to SA conditions, then why only the batsmen? why not the bowlers? If Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Vijay, Raina need practice why not the bowlers like Bhuvi, Ishant, Yadav, Ashwin, Jadeja? on a day when bowlers do not perform well, we say again India does not have good bowling department. Do we have to think that all bowlers have given rest? Coming to the match, India should take the score to 500+ and should give at least 15 overs of batting to SA. With the bowling department we have, its tough to take 20 wickets. All the best to India.

Posted by paapam on (August 18, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

At least 4 or 5 of our Test players are getting a feel of S.A wickets. This will help the senior team later. Wish Amit Mishra had been there too. Along with Ashwin and Ojha, I see him as an integral part of the Indian team in all formats.

Posted by realfan on (August 18, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

i thought this should be a great opportunity for RAHANE especially , as i acan see selectors are eyeing him for the spot of tendulkar after he retires.... now that rahane has got a test debut ( forgettable one ) , rahane should make this opportunity count and should make a statement for the selectors about his inclusion in the future....

as for as pujara is concerned. that is expected from him or dravid.... anchor the innings is what dravid did from a decade and half, now legacy has passed on to pujara...... i am glad india find good replacement for dravid.... now its time for tendular to retire after this series.... there are lots of good players who can fill the shoes for sachin ( two from the same mumbai team are eagerly waiting )......

Posted by   on (August 17, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

Rohit smartly grabbing every opportunity coming in his way. He is definately marching to the all important test spot. He is much carefully handling the situation what he missed in his last India A tour of WI. There he and Pujara were in the race. Pujara performed superbly and got first opportunity against Newzeland. So in this tour Rohit is playing with all his qualities rightly. Also Doncon Fleture is there with team India A. So Rohit definately keeping all these things in mind and focusing all his talent. All the best Rohit for tom's most important day. Rohit should go for big score after all hard work he has done today.

Posted by ramz30380 on (August 17, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Pujara's class has never been in doubt, he has fitted well into the boots of large hearted Dravid, but we still need to see his international performances which made Dravid a class act!

It was heartening to see M.Vijay amongst the runs - it wud have been good if he had made a few more than he did. In all honesty, I think this is an acid test for Rohit Sharma the test player. His performance will be closely watched - lets c if he can make a big one here.

Very disappointed not to c DK in action - wht more the man needs to do to get the attention of the tour selectors? By all means he is a better bat than Saha, wkt kping - i think both are at par, disheartening indeed.

Suresh Raina will be under scrutiny as well - we need a leftie in the middle order in the test side - lets c how he fares.

All said a turning pitch is the last thing we want on SA soil!Is SA doing to Ind wht Ind did to Eng for d practice games? Eng went on to win the series - so can Ind turn the tables on SA?! Lets C!

Posted by   on (August 17, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

I have no idea why Saha keeps getting selected. Nothing against him but realistically if anyone makes it to the ODI side after Dhoni it will be either DK or Rayudu. For tests, we all know DK would be preferred over Saha who barely gets any chances anyway. Its not being fair to either Saha or DK. Just run with DK for the moment, he is doing fairly well, give him a consistent run for sometime please.

Posted by abhi_242671 on (August 17, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Good innings by Pujara and Rohit. It is very good to see Rohit tries his best to occupy the crease. He has all the technique in the world to be a good test batsman. People may not agree but average of 60+ in first class cricket is not a joke. It is really unfortunate that he is yet to play his first test. Hope later this year in SA it will be a new begining.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

A well paced inning of pujara has yet again proved what he can offer to Indian cricket

Posted by   on (August 17, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

It is not a traditional SA wicket.... It will be interesting to see what will drive selections to SA tour later this year....

Posted by vsroc on (August 17, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (August 17,2013) It was a good start for the young boys of Team India in the first unofficial test against S.Africa'A'.Pujara utilised the opportunity well in scoring yet another fine century that enabled India to build a good total on the first day.

Posted by shriekx100 on (August 17, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

What happened to DK? Why he is not playing? I presumed DK is the first choice keeper. Well done Pujara!

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Jan 28, 2015 (14:30 local | 12:30 GMT | 07:30 EST | 06:30 CST | 04:30 PST)
Pool A: KZ-Natal v Griq West at Durban
Jan 29-31, 2015 (09:00 local | 07:00 GMT | 02:00 EST | 01:00 CST | 23:00 PST)
Pool A: Border v Northerns at East London
Jan 29-31, 2015 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EST | 02:00 CST | 00:00 PST)
Pool B: Free State v E. Province at Bloemfontein
Jan 29-31, 2015 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EST | 02:00 CST | 00:00 PST)
Pool B: Gauteng v Namibia at Johannesburg
Jan 29-31, 2015 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EST | 02:00 CST | 00:00 PST)
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