Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi and batsman Theunis de Bruyn talk about the Proteas’ new playing kit, which features names and numbers. These debuted in the recent Ashes series and will continue across other Test series.
Ngidi was not named in the XI for the first Test against India, which started in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, but De Bruyn was.
India strode to 202 without loss on day one on the back of batsman Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten century at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Opening the batting for the first time in Test cricket, Sharma moved to a largely flawless 115 not out. His stay featured five towering sixes – four off the bowling of spinner Dane Piedt. Sharma was well supported by fellow opener Mayank Agarwal, who moved to a Test-career best of 84 not out. Agarwal’s previous best was 77 against Australia in Sydney earlier this year.
Left-armer Keshav Maharaj bowled more than a third of the 59.1 overs. He, like off-spinner Dane Piedt and debutant Senuran Muthusamy, didn’t find much turn on an evidently tame pitch. India captain Virat Kohli, indeed, was right in opting to bat first after winning the toss.