AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers holds the key for South Africa in the second Test.Reuters

The second Test match between India and South Africa in Bengaluru, which starts on Saturday, will prove to be another stern test for the Proteas batsmen, who could not cope with India's spinners in the Mohali Test, which finished in under three days.

However, AB de Villiers feels their first Test performance was not as bad as reported, as both teams struggled in Mohali. India's 201 runs in the first innings was the highest team score in the first Test.

"It has been blown absolutely out of proportion. If you look at batting scorecards, both teams struggled on the pitch and looked foolish at times playing spin," BCCI's official website quoted AB de Villiers as saying.

"We came out on the losing side having not played to our full potential in a couple of sessions. We could have batted better in the first innings, but we didn't, and somewhere along the line in India's second innings, we let slip 50-100 runs with the ball."

It is no rocket science the home team always prepares the pitch to suit their team's strength; hence de Villiers is expecting the tracks to assist spinners in the remaining three Test matches as well.

"All four Test matches will be played in similar kind of conditions, no matter where we play. We are expecting turning wickets, whether we go to Bangalore or Delhi, and we have prepared for that," he said.

De Villiers is prepared for any sort of wicket that is going to be laid out in Bengaluru. The South Africa batsmen, who are not used to playing in such spin-friendly tracks, need to adapt quickly and apply themselves on the crease for better results. 

None of the batsmen were comfortable playing Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who took eight wickets each in Mohali.

"I am prepared for any kind of Bangalore wicket, come the Test match. We know it is going to turn. We know it is not going to be a Wanderers wicket. We are prepared and excited for the challenge. South African teams are known for the way they bounce back," de Villiers said.

The second Test in Bengaluru will be a special one for de Villiers, who is set to feature in his 100th Test match. De Villiers is not concerned about crossing the nig landmark in his career.

"I don't feel any pressure because it's my 100th Test; I feel pressure because we're 1-0 down. It's a huge honour to play my 100th Test and never in my life did I think I'll be in this kind of position. I feel humbled and privileged to get the opportunity to walk out onto the field in my 100th Test," said de Villiers

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