There seems to be one silver lining.
Overcast conditions in Kolkata for the first Test allowed the likes of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take advantage of the green strip on offer at Eden Gardens, but the remaining two games, in Nagpur and New Delhi, had very little to offer to the pacers. "If we get that, I am very confident about our chances", said Dravid, who is now coaching the U-19 and India A sides.
Someone like Murali Vijay, who used to be at first slip didn't play due to injury, he didn't play cricket for 6 months. So we had to replace Vijay with someone. "We have got some quality quicks, we have the opportunity of playing the all-rounder (Hardik Pandya) if we need to".
Dravid said it will be good to take the extra load off the players' shoulders.
"After the match ended, Pujara said, "[It is a] hard question to answer as I don't know technically what is going wrong.
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The US embassy website on Wednesday showed concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants hit 234, better than a day earlier but still almost nine times the World Health Organization's safe limit.
"So, I really feel we are set up for what, hopefully, will be a successful away series for India". "We will be very well prepared before we head to South Africa". All players standing in the slips are taking 50 to 100 catches every day. "And if that is where the best result are bound to come", Chandimal said. "We might have to pin down only a few players as specialist catchers", Pujara added. We will prepare a few players who will be standing in the slips. Kohli explained the rationale behind him asking the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a break ahead of the South Africa series.
India has had air pollution problems for years, but recently it has gotten significantly worse.
Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has dropped one place to be positioned at No.3 in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings, which is led by England's James Anderson and followed by South African Kagiso Rabada.
"When we're talking about defining a fielding position, Ajinkya [Rahane] has been fielding at gully for quite a long time", Pujara said. "We wanted to win, but it ended in draw". "When he's at gully, he knows the angles, he has the idea of where to stay when he starts fielding at gully". "He has batted well overall", Pujara said. Despite some brilliant innings, Kohli failed to equal or surpass former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumara Sangakkara's record of most worldwide runs in a calendar year. "Also, our fast bowling unit is much better now and I think fast bowlers will do the damage", Pujara stated confidently.