Sharma expects ‘challenging’ Newlands as India look to level series

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Sharma expects 'challenging' Newlands as India look to level series

South Africa is “challenging” the batters of India, and Sharma, the captain of India, said on Tuesday that they will just have to figure out how to deal with it.

Sharma said he didn’t think the weather would be very different at Newlands for the second Test, which starts on Wednesday. The first Test was played at Centurion, and India lost by an innings.

“The pitch looks pretty similar to Centurion,” he told me. “Maybe not full of grass but there is enough covering of grass on the pitch.”

Sharma wasn’t able to go on his team’s tour two years ago because he was hurt, but friends who were in Cape Town said the conditions seemed to be similar to how they were then, when South Africa scored 223 in a close match.

Three of India’s top six batters are in South Africa for the first time, and they all had a rough time at Centurion. Sharma, whose score was 5/nought, said they would have done better in the first game.

“At some stage we all have to be exposed to conditions like this,” he stated.

“I’m sure they learned a lot from the first game, and tomorrow is another chance for them to see what they need to do.”

“It is challenging but that’s what Test cricket is about,” he told us.

Sharma said that India’s bowling in Centurion was also bad because they were new to the game.

“That can happen, it’s understandable, but it’s about putting your faith and trust in them to get the job done.”

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