Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images

India lost the opening Test of the South Africa tour by 72 runs, chasing 208. The Indian batting line up saw a collapse in both the innings, only Hardik Pandya  played well for his 93 in the first innings. Sachin Tendulkar  believes that adapting to the conditions will be the key and advised the players to play patiently.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Sachin suggested Indian players to remain positive.

“Look, Test cricket is all about understanding and adaptability. What you enjoy in India, you don’t enjoy overseas. In India, with the SG ball in play, you can get off to a flier. The bowlers only get the advantage between 20th to 50th overs when reverse swing comes into play. In South Africa, it’s exactly the opposite. The first 25 overs belong to the pacers. Indian batsmen can’t be playing strokes they do in home conditions.”

“If they had been patient in Cape Town, India would have scored the bulk of their runs between 50-80 overs. In Centurion, the openers have to take a lot of responsibility to see the new ball off,” Tendulkar said.

“Batsmen should concentrate in the first 25 overs and look to accelerate after 50; bowlers should bowl in the right areas, and more importantly, remain positive as a team,” he added.

However Tendulkar believes that the team’s morale won’t be down and they will give the host a tough competition in the Centurion Test.

“While I don’t think the team is mentally down after the Cape Town defeat, South Africa will have their tails up. This is going to be a huge test for the team management. What India do outside the field will be as important as on it,” he concluded.