Written by Sandeep Dwivedi
| Centurion |
Published: January 14, 2018 1:05 am


Between the harebrained runouts of Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Ravichandran Ashwin sent Quinton de Kock back for a golden duck. (Source: AP)

LAST YEAR, during South Africa A’s tour to India, Adrien Markram spent 10 days at the MIG ground at Bandra in Mumbai, learning the art of defending and scoring against the turning ball on brownish grassless tracks. Mumbai’s former skipper Amol Muzumdar, who scored most of his 11,000 first-class runs on slow and low tracks in India, would give him the “crease confidence” when facing quality spinners.

Markram would have never thought that those 10 days in Mumbai would come in handy while batting at home in Centurion, a venue famous for bounce and favourite among the pace bowlers fraternity. He couldn’t be blamed…

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