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“We know what awaits us, but we are confident of doing well”
India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is brimming with confidence ahead of the national team’s tour of South Africa, which gets underway on December 5.
Dhawan believes the national team have a good chance of defeating South Africa in their own backyard due to the recent limited overs series against Australia and their experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Indian players now have the belief that if they can perform against them [fast bowlers] in the IPL, they can surely perform against them while playing for India as well,” Dhawan said. “The good is thing is that when you are playing against the likes of Australia, you are facing quality fast bowlers like Mitchell Johnson and others. We know what awaits us, but we are confident of doing well. I am looking forward to playing on bouncy tracks.”
Dhawan’s only match against South Africa came during this year’s Champions Trophy, where he scored a magnificent 114.
Dhawan also smashed 248 during a List-A game in South Africa in August.
“I went to South Africa before and performed well,” he said. “So, you have the advantage of having played on these pitches and the confidence is there because of the good performances. The pitches there will be good. It will be helpful for the bowlers and batsmen will also enjoy playing on the bouncy tracks. Our preparation will be according to the pitch.”
Despite not having much time to prepare for the tour of South Africa, Dhawan noted that the team will have to adapt to the conditions in the African nation as quickly as possible.
“We have been playing so much cricket that we don’t get much time for preparation,” Dhawan said. “Like now, we have got just three days off. I guess the boys need that rest and [need to] get out the cricket mode for these 2-3 days at least. Before playing the first match there we will have a few days of preparation on those pitches to get used to it. So not playing a practice match shouldn’t be a problem.”