Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
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Mohammed Shami takes 5-35 as dominant hosts win

Mohammed Shami takes 5-35 as dominant hosts win

Akhtar was effusive in praise for Sharma, who opened the innings in Tests for India for the first time recently, and hit twin centuries, which were central in his team's triumph over South Africa.

Ahead of the second Test, Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun addressed the media.

"Also if you look at how Dane Piedt kept ninth wicket stand and last wicket shows their resistance". He has seam and swing; besides that, he has a reverse swing, which very few bowlers in the subcontinent have. Dane Piedt was the highest scorer for South Africa in the second innings with 56 runs.

Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar revealed that Mohammed Shami called him after India was ousted from the World Cup. "You can always sit after a game like this what you can do but apart from Shami this morning, the seamers' job was of holding". South African opener Elgar also made an impression with his 160 in his team´s first innings total of 431 that appeared to bring the visitors back in the game. "And then he came up with a magnificent spell", he said.

Subsequently, Ravindra Jadeja scored a significant 40-run knock while skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten at their respective scores of 31 and 27 before India declared their second innings at 323/4 to set a 395-run target for South Africa. "It's all about wanting to make a play for the team even in conditions that are hard", Kohli said at the post-match conference. "Bowlers are aware how they could be a lot more effective and they convey this to the captain", said Arun.

Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun believes that current Indian pace bowlers can excel anywhere irrespective of the tracks.

Speaking in a video on his Youtube channel, Akhtar said that he once advised Shami to try and become a tearaway pacer while also using reverse swing, a rare quality in contemporary fast bowlers from the sub-continent.

The lack of carry on such tracks limits a quick's scope for success, which often comes either by reverse swing or through a brain-fade moment by the batsmen.

"Now, you see what he has done, he has got wickets from a docile pitch (in Visakhaptnam). For us to be the No 1 team in the world, any conditions that come your way, you have to accept it as home conditions", Arun, who has done a phenomenal job with the bowling unit, told reporters on Tuesday.

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