"Generally‚ Centurion does not spin that much but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it and it is not something that we are used to here". In Newlands, in the middle of the worst drought Cape Town has experienced, the pitch was green.
"On a pitch offering loads to the bowlers, you must bolster the batting like you must bolster the bowling department on a flat pitch". "It looks like a really lively pitch".
"India at times were really good in that first Test match", said du Plessis. "We are pretty happy to see the wicket how it behaved in Cape Town that gave us many opportunities to stay in the game and make comebacks whenever we were put under pressure also".
"There's a lot of Test cricket still to be played". It was very hot.
"Well you will get pace and bounce".
Going with an extra pace option would mean only six batsmen, but du Plessis welcomed that challenge.
"If there was a bit of grass on it, it's fine then we back ourselves".
"We expect a huge performance from them as they are a very strong team".
For du Plessis, the question on hand is who to play in place of Dale Steyn.
South Africa must also identify their replacement for Dale Steyn, with Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi and Chris Morris in the running for that honour.
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. Consistency-wise he has got a bit of work to do to be a third seamer. "If you pick three seamers, they will consistently have to be on the money", said du Plessis.
Fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander were too singled out for praise, given their performance in the previous game.
So when exactly does raw pace become enough to trouble batsmen at the global level? With that much heat being forecast, the pitch should break up bringing variable bounce into the equation and the possibility that spinners may have a role to play.
Speaking in Pretoria on Thursday ahead of his first ever Test match at his home ground, Proteas opener Aiden Markram acknowledged that, historically, the Centurion wicket was always good to bat on.
In his second season in charge at the venue, Bloy says that more than favouring the home team, it is about preparing a wicket that shall play true to its nature.
Kohli looked at pace slightly differently. You're looking good.' At the end of the day it's about trying to get the best out of players. A guy who is swinging and seaming the ball at 120 looks like 150 when the wicket's tough.