JOHANNESBURG – New Proteas all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy is confident that South Africa can bounce back from their 203-run loss to India in the first test.The series moves to Pune this week for the second of three test matches as South Africa look to level the series while a win for the hosts would secure a series win with one game to spare.Like many of the Proteas bowlers in Visakhapatnam, Muthusamy struggled with the ball, taking one wicket across both innings.The 25-year-old though did show some positive glimpses with the bat, scoring 33 and 49. He also shared in a 91-run stand with Dane Piedt for the 9th wicket in South Africa’s second innings.Muthusamy said he was happy the start he had made to his test career.“I think I am on the right track, it would have been great to start with a win, but it wasn’t meant to be. I was fortunate enough to get some good time in the middle and I enjoyed my time with the bat and felt the ball came out nicely as well. So, it was a good solid start”, he said.The way South Africa’s batting line up collapsed in the second innings will be a concern for the coaching staff and players heading into the second test, but Muthusamy believes the team is still in a good place mentally.“The guys are still looking to grow, we are looking to enjoy being uncomfortable and we know that the sub-continent is uncomfortable. There is no comfort zone here and I think the guys are trying to be comfortable in those difficult situations because that’s where you learn and grow as a cricketer and hopefully we can use that to keep getting better”, he said.On a personal note, Muthusamy is relishing the opportunity to learn more about his game.“It’s been a great experience so far, I’ve just tried to take in as much information as I can over the last few weeks and just improve and grow as a cricketer and a person. I think I’ve been better for the experience so far”, he said.The second test gets underway at 6 am (SA time) on Thursday.
Muthusamy relishing first test series despite tough start
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