Sunil Gavaskar gives advice to India batters ahead of 2nd Test vs South Africa
By SMCS - Jan 1, 2024 7:35 am
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Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the Team India batters need to make a couple of adjustments if they want to win the second Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town, which starts on January 3. The cricketer-turned-commentator wants the players to play beside the line of the ball and play their shots late to give themselves more time to decide their attack mode for every delivery as well. He said as many Indian batters getting out to the wicketkeeper or at slips during the two innings as well.

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Gavaskar told Star Sports: “There are a couple of things to look to get besides the line of the ball rather than behind the line of the ball. When you get beside the line of the ball, then you can allow the ball to pass by easily by dropping your wrist, but if you are behind the line, sometimes you drop your wrist, you’re gonna hit there (chin). So, those are the couple of things they need to make the adjustment with. Try and play as late as possible because that gives you time to decide whether you want to play it or to leave the ball.”

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Meanwhile, former all-rounder Irfan Pathan also had some advice for the Indian batters before the second Test against South Africa. The veteran also asked the middle-order batters to practice with new balls in the nets to overcome issues with excess swing movements as well.

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Pathan told Star Sports: “In South Africa, you give a lot of attention to the new ball. Ensure that the middle-order batters also practice with the new ball because it continues to move.”So, when there are early breakthroughs, then we have to bat early and face the new ball. So, you get prepared, and apart from that, we’ve seen a lack of foot movements like Rohit Sharma. It could be because of fatigue or pressure. You need to pay attention to these things because you are not getting half volleys. The ball is bowled slightly away, which can trouble you due to lack of foot movement.”