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India’s young guns gear up for challenging battle in South Africa’s unforgiving conditions

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Indian captain Rohit Sharma has emphasized the necessity for India’s youthful batsmen to adapt to South Africa’s demanding conditions. Reflecting on their defeat in the first Test at Centurion last week, Sharma expressed little expectation of significant changes in the upcoming match.

“The pitch looks pretty similar to Centurion,” Sharma remarked, noting a notable covering of grass that might not match Centurion’s lushness but posed its own set of challenges. Having missed the team’s previous tour due to injury, Sharma relied on insights from teammates who suggested a striking resemblance to conditions encountered two seasons ago in Cape Town.

With three of India’s top six batsmen navigating South African pitches for the first time, their struggles at Centurion were evident. Sharma, who faced scores of five and zero, asserted that the experience gained from the first Test would be invaluable for the newcomers.

“At some stage, we all have to be exposed to conditions like this,” Sharma commented, emphasizing the learning curve inherent in international cricket.

He expressed confidence in the adaptability of the young players, stating, “I am sure they will have learned a lot from the first game, and tomorrow is another opportunity for them to understand what is required.”

Acknowledging the challenges, Sharma underlined that such trials were an integral part of Test cricket.

He recognized the impact of inexperience on India’s bowling performance in Centurion but urged faith and trust in the young bowlers to deliver in the upcoming contest.

“Inexperience can happen; it’s understandable, but it’s about putting your faith and trust in them to get the job done,” Sharma concluded, setting the tone for a determined Indian team ready to face the formidable conditions in the upcoming Test.

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