• Muthusamy comfortable with discomfort

    Spinner Senuran Muthusamy is eager to keep adapting to typically subcontinental conditions, ahead of the Proteas’ second Test against India in Pune this week.

    The tourists lost last week’s series opener in Visakhapatnam, where humidity levels were high and the pitch offered turn from day three onward.

    The weather in Pune won’t likely be as hot and the deck, which was labelled ‘poor’ by match referee Chris Broad after Australia’s win over India in 2015, will likely yield more turn.

    ‘We’ll see what conditions allow us to do when the game starts. I don’t think we’ll look too much into it beforehand. We’ll try adapt as well as possible,’ said Muthusamy.

    ‘It’s cooler with not as much humidity as opposed to Visakhapatnam. We’re looking to enjoy being uncomfortable. We know the subcontinent is uncomfortable – there’s no comfort zone here‚ no matter how you look at it.

    ‘The guys are trying to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s the learning zone and the growing zone.’

    The 25-year-old Muthusamy welcomed a Test debut in Visakhapatnam, striking 33 not out and 49 not out in the Proteas’ first and second innings, respectively. His opportunity with the ball was limited, but brought the dismissal of captain Virat Kohli in India’s first innings.

    ‘I’ve tried to take in as much as I can over the past three weeks‚ and just improve and grow. I really would have wanted to have won my first Test and made an impact with both bat and ball‚ but it wasn’t to be. But I will take this start,’ he added.

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