India vs South Africa: Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Indias twin spearheads at home


India bowler Mohammad Shami on Sunday became the first pacer since 1996 to take a five-wicket haul in fourth innings of a Test match in India.He achieved the feat on the final day of the first Test match between India and South Africa.Shami finished with bowling figures of 5/35.

"Also if you look at how Dane Piedt kept ninth wicket stand and last wicket shows their resistance".

The mantra is on developing the skills rather than become a slave of the conditions, said Arun. That is nearly 67 percent, making him such an asset on low and slow tracks of India, as South Africa found out in Vizag Test. Dane Piedt was the highest scorer for South Africa in the second innings with 56 runs while Muthusamy smashed a 49-run knock.

In the first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin bagged seven wickets for 145 runs as India bundled out the Proteas for 431 in their first innings despite crucial knocks by Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111).

"Shami has been a strike bowler in the second innings. And then he came up with a magnificent spell", Arun told reporters two days ahead of the second rubber here.

"The particular wicket that we played the last game tended to keep a bit low and we realised it has to be more stump line and not outside the off-stump". "When we go overseas, we hardly look at the wicket".

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"He knows how to bowl on such pitches, gets reverse swing straight into play once he knows there is some help on offer", Rohit Sharma said offering a batsman's perspective. Sometimes the outfield is also not great.

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. "For a bowler to be successful, he needs to learn how to reverse the ball and that's where our domestic cricket contributes a lot".

Shami said it took more than just his ability to reverse-swing the ball.

India's bowling coach Bharat Arun says that the home side doesn't ask for the kind of pitches that they get.

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.

In the recent interview, Arun expressed that they are the number one team in the world and don't ask for any excuses, "We don't ask for the kind of wickets we get. Even when we go overseas, we hardly look at the wicket".