South Africa opener Aiden Markram reckons that the Centurion wicket will be similar to the one at Cape Town but will provide better batting conditions.
“Generally, it’s a good batting wicket here although I am not sure how they have prepared it this time. But there have been a lot of high scores here. I would like to think it will be a good wicket. I am pretty sure it will be similar to last week (Cape Town), maybe not as extreme,” Markram said on Thursday as per PTI.
“It is incredibly exciting to play here because it is a place where I grew up watching and playing cricket. It’s a wicket where if you set yourself up as a batsman there are runs to be had.
“But as a bowler, with the pace and bounce, you always have a shout as well. It’s going to be an exciting match,” he added.
The 23-year-old will be returning to his hometown to feature in only his fifth Test and has been on the rise since leading the South Africa U-19 side to World Cup glory.
“It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster the last couple of years but an enjoyable one. I learnt a lot about my game and myself, which is important. I am fortunate to rub shoulders with legends of the game at a young age, which does help. Most importantly I have kept learning, which is great,” he said.
Markram admitted that playing against India was a completely different prospect than going up against the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe – against whom he started his career.
“Playing against India is a massive step up (as compared to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). It was a massive step up. There’s a reason why they are the No 1 team in the world – they have quality players in all departments.
“They tick all the boxes and they have come here to compete, which is great. For me as a young guy, it is awesome. Every day you are learning something new, and to be exposed to challenges like that is great. You learn your best lessons at this level. So it was valuable and going into this Test its something I’ll be more aware of,” he added.