Nagpur: India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar believes that the hosts applied themselves well on Day One of the third Test against South Africa at Nagpur. This despite South Africa bowling India out for only 215.

Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar

"Today, all our batsmen applied themselves really well. What happens when the wicket is slightly challenging (is that) there are likely to be certain errors in judgment, but I think it is (a) part of the game," Bangar said at the end of the day’s play.

Opener Murali Vijay, who scored 40, was India’s highest scorer on Day One. Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha managed cameos to help India push past 200. In fact, India’s 215 is the highest team total in the series so far. "It is a very challenging wicket to score and so far if you see the six completed innings — this has been a low scoring series and you need to accept that," Bangar said.

India opener Murali Vijay en route his patient 40 against SA in Nagpur yesterday. PIC/AFP
India opener Murali Vijay en route his patient 40 against SA in Nagpur yesterday. Pic/AFP

Bangar pointed out that a batsman has to be patient in such circumstances and trust his defence, something which he believes the Indians have exhibited. "All our batsmen actually played a lot of balls during their innings," he said.

Result-oriented wicket
With so many parallels with the first Test at Mohali, one wonders whether this game will also last only three days. However, Bangar feels, it is too early to comment, "We will see how it goes; we have had just the first day’s play today." Bangar also said that this is a result-oriented wicket and one that presents challenges for both teams. "Whichever side adapts to it (the wicket) has a chance of winning the game," he said.