Finding the right balance between attack and defence while batting against the spinners is the key to success in the subcontinent, feels Faf du Plessis. Speaking ahead of the second Test against India in Pune, the South Africa captain stressed that it is important for batting teams to not get into a shell against the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and instead shift the pressure back onto them at some stage with an attacking intent.
South Africa made quite an impression in the opening Test despite losing it by 203 runs. In the first innings, du Plessis chipped in with a half-century while Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock registered tons as the visitors amassed 431 runs. “I think the first innings for me was possibly the difference with us from 2015,” du Plessis highlighted. “You try and survive on Indian spinning conditions and with that you can become too defensive and allow the opposition to be on top the whole time. There needs to be a good combination of positive play, element of taking risks at some stage of the game to transfer the pressure on the bowling team.
“And the record speak for themselves. Specially on the spin bowling front, the two of them [Ashwin and Jadeja] have done really well in India, so you’ve try and put some pressure back on them. Otherwise they’ll just bowl good balls all day long and one of those balls will have your name on it. The balance between attack and defence is important in the subcontinent.”