Bhuvneshwar predicts rough days ahead for India in first Test
Cape Town, Jan 5 (IANS) Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Friday conceded that the road won’t be so smooth for the Indians, tottering at 28/3 at stumps on Day 1 of the first cricket Test, despite bowling South Africa out for 286 at Newlands here.
The Meerut-born pacer (4/87) starred with the cherry in the morning session, ripping through the South African top order after the Proteas won the toss and elected to bat.
Bhuvneshwar picked the wickets of openers Dean Elgar (0) and Aiden Markram (5), and then Hashim Amla (3). Later, he also accounted for the wicket of dangerman Quinton de Kock (43).
Despite that, the pacer acknowledged that the road ahead will not be that easy for the Indians, who lost their top three batsmen in the brief 11-over stint towards the end of the day.
“It was an amazing day, that’s how Test cricket is. It’s gonna be tough (the way forward). We knew these are the situations we’ll have to tackle with,” he said after the day’s play.
Bhuvneshwar also felt that the visitors could have restricted the Proteas to a lower total if they stuck to the line throughout the innings.