Shikhar Dhawan at the practice session in Cape Town.
Proteas pacer Morne Morkel feels that South Africa have a slight advantage over India in the upcoming 2018 Freedom Series. According to a report, people have been asked not to use more than 87 litres of water each per day. "We were surprised seeing the ball move so much, and we didn't assess the conditions".
"Obviously we would like to play against the top countries but maybe we could play them at home so we can set up the conditions to favour us". "We come to South Africa knowing the wickets will be different from back home".
The curator is still hopeful that he can prepare a hard bouncy track. "We just want to prepare our best, that's all we want", he added.
"AB is a great friend of mine, I respect the way he plays the game and I've always respected him as a person as well", Kohli said at India's arrival press conference. Everyone wants to be the standout player in the series and make contributions towards the team winning the series.
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"When we saw how the ball moved around under the lights, we knew it was tough, especially with their attack (and) at the end of the day they were too good for us".
"You want to go back and try to do what we couldn't do the last time around". We handled their bowlers pretty well and we made them work hard.
"Sindhu has achieved a lot over the years and I dare Virat Kohli would be struggling", the former India cricket captain said. A couple of days before the Test match, we will see how to go into the Test match, what are the things we can bring into the Test, regarding strategies, regarding their batsmen.
"But right now, the kind of hunger we have in the group, everyone wants an opportunity and I think that's a very exciting thing". "We know exactly what we need to do, if we need to bounce back, how we need to do it or if we want to create chances, how we need to create them".
"Yesterday, we did two sessions to get into the Test mode". It doesn't matter whether we play two practice matches or three, if you're not in the right frame of mind, it doesn't matter. You're never sure of whether you're going to get quality practice games or not. "If you're in a good space in the head after practice sessions, that's good enough as well".