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India 'A' aim for better outing

by   •  Last updated on 2020-04-20 04:08:26

With India 'A' first match saviour Karun Nair getting a call-up to the senior team in Sri Lanka, India 'A' would be looking for the emergence of new heroes as they lock horns with South Africa 'A' in the second and final unofficial test at Wayanad District Association Stadium here in Krishnagiri on Tuesday. Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out due to a thumb injury which might force India 'A' to give a chance to those players who warmed the bench in the first unofficial test.

"We've got a couple of spots to fill and we have four guys who haven't played the last match. So we will try and play them," said India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid.

Selectors have named Suryakumar Ya dav as replacement for Karun but it remains to be seen whether the Mumbai batsman would be included in the final eleven. Promising Tamil Nadu batsman Baba Aparajith is likely to come in for Nair while Uttar Pradesh allrounder Karn Sharma, who had a long bowl in the nets on Monday during practice, is also likely to make the cut.

India 'A' failed in all departments in the first innings in the previous game and if they are hoping to dictate terms to the visitors in the second game, they will be hoping for a far better show right from the outset. "We need to ensure that we have a better first innings, be it with bat or ball, to be in a great position against a strong side like South Africa."

With the pitch offering no great assistance for the pacers, the Indians would be banking on their spinners to put the brakes on South African batting. On the other hand, South Africa would be desperate to sign off their India tour with a victory. Though they dominated the first test, they couldn't force a result as a resolute Karun Nair came in their way.

"The way we batted in the first innings was brilliant. All the guys got good starts and we managed to kick on from there. There were lots of positives but unfortunately, we couldn't get the win, but we are hoping to improve on that in this game," said Vilas.

SA's strike bowler Wayne Parnell, who is not fully fit according to the team management, is all likely to make way for the experienced left-arm paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Offie Dane Piedt, who surprised the Indian batsmen in the first test, will once again spearhead Proteas challenge on a flat Krishnagiri track.

After a stupendous batting show in the first test, the South Africans don't have too much worries on their batting front and their charge will be led by Quinton de Kock, who has so far hit three successive tons after joining the team midway through their India tour.

Karun's selection is a well-earned one: Dravid

India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid was all smiles when he was asked about Karnataka batsman's elevation to the senior team. "It's a great moment not only for him but also his family. It is a dream come true for anyone. It might not be a dream just for you, but also for your family, friends, coaches and so many people who have invested in your cricket. It means a lot for these youngsters," said Dravid.