Bhuvneshwar Kumar    AFP
Bhuvneshwar Kumar AFP

India and South Africa are gearing up for the first of the three Test, starting January 5 at Cape Town. On Saturday, Virat Kohli had stressed that his side is in go rhythm and feel confident of competing against South Africa at their own den. Now Bhuvneshwar Kumar has signified the importance of ‘doing the basics right’ ahead of the tour opener. Bhuvneshwar also made it clear that the team management haven’t decided upon the final bowling lineup: “We [the pace bowling group] haven’t talked so far. We are trying to do basic things. A couple of days before the Test match, we will see how to go into the Test match, what are the things we can bring into the Test, regarding strategies, regarding their batsmen. These are the things we will definitely do, but for now we are trying to do the basic things.”

Bhuvneshwar is likely to spearhead the bowling attack. To accompany him, India have the luxury of picking three out of the other four pacers Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, not to speak of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. India might also go ahead with three pacers and two spinners respectively. The pitch at Cape Town traditionally doesn’t offer a lot to the quickies as compared to the other tracks in South Africa. Hence, spin will play a part in the last two days. It will be interesting to see Kohli and co.’s bowling combination. India are scheduled to play 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is.