On the battle between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for batting honours in the series, du Plessis said, "Anyone who gets judged as being the best in the world, whether it is a bowler, batsman or team, I feel should get judged from his performances all around the world".
"So, I don't think anyone needs to panic on that front and as far as your opening combination goes, we are going to decide at the end of the practice session today", the skipper said.
In Cape Town, Bhuvneshwar gave India a rousing start taking three wickets in the first half hour of the Test. "Last week was very hot".
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis sounded unsure of the SuperSport Park pitch on Friday‚ saying that it has an unusual thick layer of brown grass.
In contrast‚ India captain Virat Kohli‚ after he made his inspection before training on Friday afternoon‚ welcomed the conditions in the capital city and said they were exactly what his side had hoped for because both teams will be in the contest. "For us at the moment it's unknown".
The seaming, bouncing ball at the picturesque Newlands in Cape Town, once again became the nemesis of the famed Indian batting line-up, much like its predecessors in similar conditions.
India's record of nine consecutive series victories is on the line after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. "I said that match was one of the best I played in because there were so many ups and downs for both teams‚" he said.
Kohli said India's bowlers had shown their ability in Cape Town."We're very happy with the way the bowlers went about their business. I expect they will take a lot of positives from the game and I expect another huge performance from them".
Though Du Plessis is expecting the batsmen to be more comfortable on this wicket, he is completely in the dark when it comes to the possibility of spin. Shikhar Dhawan was failed to score runs in the match was also dropped and replaced by KL Rahul.