India in South Africa 2013-14 November 30, 2013

Dhawan ready for SA challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shikhar Dhawan believes the experience of playing top fast bowlers in the IPL and the recent ODI series against Australia is likely to hold the Indian batsmen in good stead in South Africa.

"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 announced his entry to Test cricket with a swashbuckling century against the Australian attack in Mohali and has been in prolific form all year. In his only innings against the South African bowling attack - during the Champions Trophy in England - he scored 114 runs to set up an India win. One of his most significant innings this year, however, came while playing for India A when he plundered 248 in 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."

Dhawan added that although the lack of preparation ahead of an important tour is not ideal, the team will hope to adjust to conditions quickly.

"We have been playing so much cricket that we don't get much time for preparation. 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."

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  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Dhawan is likely to destroy the Proteas attack as he has some much confidence. I expect the Indians to post anything up to 350 and if chasing Dhoni will finish it off in his usual flamboyant style. India to win 2-1

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Lolll @Greatest_Game. Because it is under Zaheer khan, Indian bowlers bowled out whole South African under 140 in test ROFL. Better you know the statistcs of zaheer first and talk later buddy. Zaheer is awesome in both flat track and fast track.

  • Naveen on December 4, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    The young and talented Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit are gonna become big boys after the South African Series. No matter what the pitch is about, We have got our new emerging healthy fast bowling attacks from Shami and Bhuvi. Both r completely different in their attitude and attack, So the opposition gonna feel the pressure for sure. Along with the speedster Umesh, Who is a perfect candidate for bowling in SA conditions and the big plus for these youngster's is the guidance from Zak who has experienced the SA conditions very well. Even tough his bowling fails there, his plans might work with other young bowlers. The batting department looks very confident in posting a competitive total in any conditions against any team so that's not a problem. Also it's not easy making a win there, should fight and win and India has got all the capabilities to do it in South Africa. Exited a lot and waiting to see India's first run tomorrow so that we will bethe leading run scorer in international level ODI's.

  • Anudeep on December 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @2nd_slip ..... Dude if I am not wrong what you mean to say is south african bowlers are only good in SA and can't bowl well in Indian conditions and that is the reason Indian batsmen play them so well in INDIA. If SA bowlers are only good in SA what is wrong with INDIAN batsmen playing well in INDIA. Even if our batsmen fail in SA it will be just like Steyn being hit in INDIA. You guys still need to show what INDIAN batsmen really are but INDIAN (domestic) batsmen already showed what SA bowlers really are in IPL. And last but not least don't ever again call AUS bowling weak.. they have best bowling attack in the world now with Cummins,Jhonson,Siddle,Harris,Hilfenhaus,Starc,Faulkner ... and then the backups are equally good capable of replacing anyone what they really lack are the batsmen.what is your strength if you first choice bowlers are injured ? SA and ENG attacks are just over rated, Remove Steyn from SA and Swann from ENG they will not win a single series.

  • Srinivas on December 3, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, if only the current matches are decided on past history, then we wouldn't have the need to play the current matches. You know better than posting a skewed lecture on history. You know it and I know it. There is no doubting that Steyn is a very good bowler and Philander too enjoys these tailor made conditions. But that's as far as the story can go. Kallis looks like a spent force. Smith is over-rated. You know it well. Amla and AB - that's all there is to SA batting. Indian youngsters - well you don't know anything about them on foreign tracks. Neither do I. But from the looks of it, I have a strong feeling that SA will be very worried. Ishant may not even get to play. But Shami, Umesh and BK can be more than a handful for the weak SA batting line-up. Not to mention that Zak will be rearing to go for his bunny Smith. Coming to Indian batsmen neither you nor I know about them on these tracks. But I'm very confident that they will send the Proteas on a leather hunt.

  • Manesh on December 3, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Indian batsman got runs is flat pitches, but Indian fast bowlers got wickets in those pitches, right? So, if you need to demerit batsman's effort, you need to approve our bowlers effort. But funny thing is SA supporters like to demerit Indian batsmen as well as bowlers! And with the same point they hail their Fast Track Bully bowlers for their success in bowler friendly pitches!

  • srikanth on December 3, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Interesting and enjoyable series but 2 tests is a disappointment.

  • David on December 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Mr. Dhawan may find, to his surprise, that in South Africa there is a massive difference between a lifeless winter pitch at a regional venue, and a spicy summer pitch at a test venue. Such minor elements as pace, bounce and swing will be present on a summer test track.

    Meanwhile, SA must be fretting over the prospect of facing India's pace spearhead, Ishant, & his partner Zaheer. Zak must be raring to go, freshly returned from exactly a year in exile after India's thrashing by Eng in Kokata, where his zesty 1 for 94 was bettered only by the 1 for 78 of Ishant, their figures not quite matching the 3 for 38 of Anderson, & 3 for 45 of Finn. However, a year in exile has not changed the fact that Zak is STILL the top ranked Indian pace bowler, at no. 20, and Ishant not far behind at no. 31. A year in exile & Zak is still rated 93 points above Ishant, & over 300 below Philander & Steyn. Shami & Yadav are making a showing - their total points, together, put them just ahead of Morkel at 700.

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    @Ashik Khan You must still be in the 1900's if you think the current Indian batting lineup is going to get bowled out for anything under 170.....dream on!!!

  • Manesh on December 2, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    It will be more fun to find the hiding SA supporters after the series.

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