South African batting mainstay AB de Villiers feels too much has been made out of their loss in the first cricket Test against India on a spinning wicket and says there is nothing wrong in the home team changing the conditions to suit its strength.
On the Mohali pitch
Way too much has been made of it (loss in the first Test). It has been blown out of proportion. If you look at the batting scorecard of both the teams, no one has scored a hundred. Both teams struggled against spin and looked foolish at times
On the reasons for the loss
We came out on the losing side because we did not play a couple of sessions to our full potential and that cost us the game. We could have batted better in the first innings; but unfortunately we didn’t. And in India’s second innings, we let it slip by 50 to 100 runs. We could have done better with the ball in hand. That’s where we lost the Test match. It’s got nothing to do with the wicket. Both teams struggled against spin — you can read the scorecard and see that.
On pitches suiting home teams
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with home teams changing the conditions to favour them and to favour their strengths. Theere’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I don’t mind that. I feel we’ve got all the firepower to counter that. We showed signs of that in the first Test match but not for long enough. Hopefully in this Test match we’ll find that rhythm and have more endurance than the opposition. All four of the Test matches will be played in similar conditions, no matter where we play. If we play India at the Wanderers in South Africa and it’s seen as an Indian ground (home match), it will have turn on it. We’re expecting turning wickets, wherever we go.
On the Bangalore wicket
I don’t think we played poorly in that first Test match. For a couple of hours we didn’t play good cricket. It had nothing to do with our skills and our potential to take India on in their own conditions. I’m prepared for any kind of Bangalore wicket. We know it’s going to turn. It’s not going to be a Wanderers wicket. South African teams are known for bouncing back and their resilience.