India in South Africa 2013-14 November 30, 2013

Dhawan ready for SA challenge

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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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Navein 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.

  • viru-319-219 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.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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!

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

    Interesting and enjoyable series but 2 tests is a disappointment.

  • Greatest_Game 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.

  • 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!!!

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Navein 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.

  • viru-319-219 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.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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!

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

    Interesting and enjoyable series but 2 tests is a disappointment.

  • Greatest_Game 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.

  • 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!!!

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

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

  • 2nd_Slip on December 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Can some one please remind Dahwan and some of these Indian fans that India will be playing in SA not on the flat IPL beds of India where again they played against a weak Aus and WI team LOL!! Will be fun to watch these overrated batsmen being exposed for what they really are.

  • SOLYPK on December 2, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Mr Dhawan it's south african pitches not indians :) but i agree your team is in powerful history now a days. It's a good contest. Lion vs Lion. Best of Luck South african cricket team.

  • philocricket on December 2, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    too much cricket on the calendar so much so that all these players must be jaded beyond belief. India has no bowling to speak off and every recent find such as Sami will turn into a trundler in 6 months. And Zaheer back in the attack given how injury prone he is? Ashwin will bat better than he can bowl. And Ishant the less said the better. You can win ODIs because it's the runs that count and the rate. You generally can't win a Test match without taking 20 wickets. India can do it in India against a side such as the Windies but in South Africa. Fuhgeddaboudit.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 2, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @Ashik Khan. You can only dream about it. I would like to remind you that this is team India who never bowled out under 100 in recent times against SA in tests or ODIs. Our neighbors may be competing each other for the lower score but not we.

  • on December 2, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Waiting to see the ODI champions to be trashed by test champions. It would be awesome if they make the number of teams bowled out below 50 from 3 teams to 4. Come on steyn gun .

  • playitstraight on December 1, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Dhawan is someone who I have confidence in; his attacking style is similar to Sehwag's, but technique very different and better. I think he will be the key to India's success in the Tests, whether he looks to score quickly or fight it out will be the difference. Dhawan vs. Steyn will be the contest I will be looking forward to above all; both of them are team-mates for SRH and may know each other's weaknesses and strengths. Should be exciting!

    And let's put an end to these 2-test affairs, the minimum should really be 3, especially between the top 2 ranked Test teams in the world. Anyways, here's to the best team!

  • mohsin9975 on December 1, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster The series in 2008 ws 1-1 after 2 tests, when India dished out a rank turner to win d last test just as WI did to us at Barbados wid a green-top in 2002. Only Aus as a host maintains d true nature of Test match pitches. While d English fickle weather brings in luck factor fr both teams - same pitch is flat in sunshine, swingin under overcast conditions widin d same session of play. In SA, it takes just a bit of grasscover to vary nature of d inherent hard pitches. In India, nature of pitches change wid d series scoreline. Indian pitch hs to b specially prepard fr match to last 5 days, while an underprep pitch crumbles on Day 1 naturally, as pitches r inherently dry widout grass becoz d weather.Nw, on MSD's insistence, v see more dustbowls dan b4. So, ball turns on day 1, pacers made redundant, match ends in 3-4 days mostly wid a win for India unless opp hav 2 decent spinners as it turns out dat even our players r nt as adept at playing spin as ws assumed.

  • mohsin9975 on December 1, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster The series in 2008 was 1-1 after 2 tests, when India dished out a rank turner to win the last test just as we were short-changed in WI 2002 in the 3rd Test at Barbados where India was 1-0 after 1st 2 tests. Only Australia as a host always maintains the true nature of all its pitches since old times. While the English fickle weather (frequent drizzle n overcast conditions) brings in the luck factor for host team - same pitch is flat wicket in sunshine, swinging in overcast within the same day of the test match. In SA, it takes just a bit of grasscover to vary the nature of the inherent hard pitches. In India, nature of pitches changes with the series scoreline. Now, with MSD's insitence, we see more of Kanpur type wickets where it turns on day 1, making fast bowlers redundant, match getting over in 3-4 days, mostly with a win for India. Opp wins only if they hav 2 decent spinners becoz it turns out that even our players r nt as adept at playing spin

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 1, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    And let's not forget that Dhawan thrashed his way to 248 vs SA A in SA. Oh wait a minute! That was SA A and not SA. That was in de Villiers Oval Pretoria and not Newlands or Durban or Kingsmead or whatever whatever. I strongly feel that SA is worried about our batsmen and if SA prepare pace friendly tracks, then it's not going to be a cake-walk for their batsmen by any stretch of imagination - Umesh, Shami, Zak, BK - not a bad attack after all! Lest we forget - these are the same pacers who took wickets on spin-friendly tracks of India. For India to succeed, simple formula is to keep Ishant out of the team. Rest will fall in place.

    For people asking if Dhawan, Kohli and Rohit like pace and bouncy stuff - go ask the English batsmen the same question; go ask the batless wonders of pak as well as the Aussies if they like it zipping past their noses, eyes and ears or any batsman from any team - not just those 3 Indian batsmen! Most batsmen won't like such express bowling. Simple!

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 1, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    @SICHO: You sir keep talking in riddles and circles. So according to you SA are a very good test team right ? Agreed. They are but ONLY in SA. When was the last time they won in India ? It was more than a decade ago. Also, SA are POOR in ODI cricket and have failed to win a single major ICC tournament since God knows when. India have won 2 world cups, 1 World T20, 1 Champions Trophy, 1 shared Champions Trophy with SL, and finalists in 2003. What have SA done in that same time ? Nothing ! They failed to qualify in their own home world cup in 2003 and were soundly thrashed in the 2007 edition and choked against NZ in 2011. Okay I know ODI cricket is not test cricket, only the fact it is BETTER than test cricket lol. Anyway, even in tests, SA have their comfort zone in bouncy pitches and green tracks. But they struggle like sitting ducks against spin in Asian conditions. At least Australia wins series in Asia, SA struggle to do it. I think this will be a close series than what most think.

  • mohsin9975 on December 1, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Ctd..... This young team has talent, bt still unproven in TEST cricket away from home. Pujara's last away series doesnt inspire confidence. Vijay's last away series in WI was a disaster. Kohli hasnt done wonders in Test Cricket. MSD is just plain ordinary in Test cricket, both batting n captaincy. Also he has a lot to prove with his gloves in swinging conditions. It has always been d batsmen who hav failed us in away tours, bowlers hav thrived on swing, pace n bounce. Its nt just Steyn n Morkel this time. A storm named Philander came into SA team after our last tour der. The guy has better record dan Steyn since his arrival. Its Philander, Steyn n Morkel vs our batsmen battle dat will decide d Test series

  • mohsin9975 on December 1, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    ODI cricket is a lottery. Nothing in it for bowler.See off d best bowlers n attack weak bowlers. Field restrictions, Max overs restriction for bowler, Flat tracks all over d world, short boundaries, big bats. India might win/lose 2-1 in SA. Funny how many posters say they dont care abt Tests as long as we win ODI series. Real cricket is TEST cricket. No escape route fr any player. Batsmen hav to face best bowlers of opp n vice versa. Men separated from boys. Legends r made in Test cricket. Will Bevan,Gayle, MSD, Yuvraj, Raina, Kohli, Watson be considered Great if they only do well in ODI cricket. Never. They hav to do well in Tests to be remembers across generations.

  • anand.t.g on December 1, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    expecting a better overseas performance from india this time,eng&aus tours were disapointing.

  • CodandChips on December 1, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    He'll be fine. A top batsman who likes to play off the back foot.

  • on December 1, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @Sicho : All depends on the conditions ! Neither SAF nor AUS(Post Warne) have managed to discover a quality spinner.. I would rather say IMRAN TAHIR would not qualify for 5th XIs of INDIA. More than confidence these youngsters bring in speed and agility with them which differentiates them from the side that toured ENG , AUS .. in the last two overseas series .. Energy ignites confidence.. we can expect a great contest ...

  • Mitch_cricket on December 1, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Expecting the Indian batsmen to do fair enough, only to compromise for the weakness of their bowling, that has been their thorn in their flesh. Hence SA will always have a session or two ahead in their pockets. Shami and Zaheer might fare better than Bhuvi. Agree about the short series, should've been 3.

  • Crick_Expert on December 1, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Kohli should be ODI/T20 CAPT. Dhoni should focus on TEST only.

  • Crick_Expert on December 1, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Zaheer is too old now, BCCI should give chance to new players.

  • alidaas on December 1, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Dhawan's batting style will suit South African pitches which are nowadays not as much bouncier as they used to be in the early 90s, 00s. However the main concern is the quality of bowlers he is going to face in SA and not the pitch itself.

  • kartcric on December 1, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Bring it on sa ,bring on the fire bcoz india is raring to go

  • MaksoodChaiwalla on December 1, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Another opportunity for India to prove their status in world cricket when it comes to playing champion sides in challenging conditions. India haven't done well in England and Australia the last time they played there. Tackling SA's firepower will be a huge challenge for the likes of Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Rohit and Dhoni who all flourish on Indian pitches / conditions. A huge test awaits the Indian team who are without Tendulkar and Dravid who without doubt had the type of temperament and technique to adept to any given situation. With only two Test matches scheduled (which is a pity) India will need to come up with somethig special right from the word go. One bad day in field could be a decisive foctor and it would become really difficult clawing back into contention. As far as the bowlers are concerned, its a huge opportunity especially for Shami and Bhuvi to impress. Having Zaheer in the lineup is a huge plus. An exciting short series awaits.

  • Sir_Ivor on December 1, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Pakistan just beat South Africa 2-1 in the ODIs in South Africa They should be chuffed up about it because they had been thrashed by South Africa 3-0 in the Tests not very long back in South Africa. They lost to Zimbabwe also not too long ago. So the PCB should be really happy with the progress. Maybe it is because of the young players they have brought into the team. But they should be grateful to Misbah. He is a truly great player even if he was selected rather late in his life.The India South Africa series should be very interesting I think. In fact the last time India went to South Africa in 2010/11, they lost the first test badly because of their late arrival there, but won the next Test and squared the series. They were poised to win the third Test and the series when rain and bad light stopped play. Sachin and VVS were batting and they had a 100 odd to get to win. So regardless of the many views expresed here, I feel the series will be well fought and close.

  • on December 1, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Might be wrong but no other attack has dismissed three international test teams for less than 50. Not Warne, McGrath. SA has done it three times against Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia. Hope to see more. This feat cannot be done if Steyn was the only good bowler. Look forward to more. Overated no, best combo ever?

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 1, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Excited! Even though there's lots of cricket day in and day out yet this series expectations excite me. Looking forward to see Men in blue vs Proteas.

  • SICHO on December 1, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @GRVJPR ohhh so now Bhuvi and Shami are the new Waqar and Wasim? The only reason why those 2 are playing Test cricket is because they're Indians. None of them would qualify for 3rd XIs of SA, Eng, and Aus. In all Test playing nations the Indian attack maybe better than West Indies, Bangladesh and (MAYBE) the New Zealand attack, that's it nothing more. Re short ball, of course you won't like it. Last time I checked, many Indians didn't like it too. And don't tell me that Dhawan, Kohli and Rohit can negotiate it well, the question is against who and most importantly WHERE. As evident most of you confuse ODI cricket and Test cricket, the West Indies have recently won the World T20s, does that make them world champs?

  • on December 1, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Dhawan is just hands and seems to go after anything thats pitched up.If he comes out of it good,yeah hes got it in him.But test crickets about batting sesions. Dont thinks its in him.Same with Sharma they stay beside the ball and have tendency to just follow the ball with hands with Setup they have got.Pujara 's ssetup is too low and likes to feel ball on bat and needs to rectify it before it comes to tests. Philander wil be a pain and there would be four man pace attack at Jo'burg.India needs runs even if they lose at Jo'burg, caue Durbn will be sticky wicket and take turn later on.The biggest elephant in the room i bowling India will have 2 spinners and 3 fast men,but really no one has it in him to run through the side.Shami looks one trick pony,so does B.Kumar and Ashwin's only series away was disaster.Hope I am wrong but dont think I would be.

  • sidh78 on December 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    good point @ grvjpr and another reason of that loss was bad tour planning of bcci.at that india just won the wc which was very long and just after that indian players was playing in IPL for almost 2 months without any rest.just after that team india went to england without any rest and preparation.after that ind team went to australia.ind players was totally fatigue that time due to non stop cricket and back to back series(cricket) without any rest and preparation(zaheer injured on 1st day of 1st test in eng and out of that 2 series).so that fatigue resulted in poor performance along with out of form ageing senior players.that was happened due to the wrong tour planing of bcci.they forced team to play nonstop without any rest.that was the main reason for that 8-0 loss.otherwise indian team played very good in previous tour of eng aus sa.

  • on December 1, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    India might do OK in one-days because of the new rules and power plays and considering our batting form. But i am really doubtful on their test performance. We might do well batting and i am sure we can put 250+ runs on the board every-time, but do we have the firepower to take 20 wickets and win games.

    The previous series we were able to draw 1-1 thanks to Sachin for 326 and Bajji for 15 wickets. Offcourse we had contributions from Zaheer, Ghambir, Laxman, Dhoni and Sreesanth. That leaves us only Dhoni and Zak in the current team. FIinal 11 will be key cos if Dhoni starts selecting "his" final 11 then i dont see India winning any match. Ishanth played the last series to and took only 7 wickets in 3 tests, so he would be sheer waste.

  • NextSana on December 1, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    This series will be a walk in the park for SA. They will win both the test with an inning. Anyway Indians can bounce back in ODI series but still white wash is on the card for them. Their recent lost to WI B team is a prime example of the real Indian side when collapsing. I think BCCI cleverly cut the series in half knowing the out come before even going to SA. I hope to see full white wash by SA 5-0 (Test & ODI). It will be a quite the surprise if Indians manage to win at least 1 ODI.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @Agha Usman Ahmed- I am waiting to see how Dale Steyn and co face young, talented, technically strong and confident Indian batting lineup.. I hope he doesn't get any injury before the series..

  • ofcourse on December 1, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    SA bowling is the most overrated bowling attack in the world. Apart from Steyn, the rest of the bowling attack is as good as India's (or even worse as they don't have spinners also).

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    I can't wait to see how Indian batsmen play Dale Steyn.

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    SA vs Ind can't wait to watch the two top teams battle it out. SA has had enough of the minnows and the experimentation, now it's time for the big boys to come.

  • GRVJPR on December 1, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @ SICHO , If south africa has that much fire power why haven't they won any major tournament in cricket. Just because you have best bulldozer it doesn't mean you will dismantle the fort. It requires handling the pressure and seizing the moment. This young Indian team has already shown that. Also all the names you mentioned were no way near when it comes to fielding ability. Also as far as ducking for cover is concerned it doesn't matter. Shammi, bhuvi all will uproot the stumps of SA batsmen, meanwhie SA bowlers can keep bowling bouncers and waster their energy just to show they are fast and pacy to the camera. I doensn't work like that. Proof:Champions Trophy 2013.

  • GRVJPR on December 1, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    All this negativity around India's chances is due to that 8-0 overseas record. But people forget that that was team with players who were at the end of their careers. Not at their best and then they retired, After that things have changed. No team has been able to go through transition as India has done. Look at transition period of Australia who lost 3 ashes, lost to south africa both home and away, and to India 4-0 a total of around 18 matches as compared to 8 of India. Even after 7 yrs they can't seem to find decent replacements. On the other hand within 1 year Indian young guns are standing tall and ready to take on challenges. If kallis and steyn retires it will take south africa good 5 years to find a replacement. Well done BCCI and cricketing system in India. Despite criticsm it has always produced great players.

  • GRVJPR on December 1, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Only thing India has to do is be positive. Don't overrate South African bowling too much. We all know under pressure they all get frozen up. South Africa never does well in big tournaments because they can't handle pressure. All our batsmen must look for scoring even if it is bouncing or seaming as on doctored pitches any delivery can have your name anytime. I am confident out of our top 6 batsmen even if 2 has a goo day we will put 250 plus on scoreboard which is good total there. South Africa is one of the worst chasing side. Out of last ODI matches they have chased only 1 time succesfully. This Indian team is one of the best fielding units. And the bowlers in those condition would be dangerous than what we get impression of them in India.

  • SICHO on December 1, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Really now? India have only managed to win ONLY 2 Test matches in the history of Test cricket when in South Africa. Even an XI that had the likes of Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Harbhajan, Kumble (all in their pomp) couldn't. The names I've mentioned there aren't just any type of players, those were good players. Just because this guys are aggresive doesn't make them better than those guys (almost half of the squad has never played on pitch where it bounces more than waist height when in whites). Just look at their bowling attack, you don't really expect a 126 km/h ball from B. Kumar to make the likes of Amla, Smith, AB, Kallis ducking for cover. This guys have never faced anything like what they going to get from the best bowling attack in the world. Besides Amla and Kallis really love the Indian bowlers.

  • GRVJPR on December 1, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @mzm149, I can only sympathised with your lack of cricket knowledge. Indian picthes are the most difficult to handle. In this year all test macthes got over in 3 days in India. Tell me any other country (including south africa) if that has happened. As fasr as short tour is concerned South Africa has played many 2 match series for e Australi, new aeland, sri lanka, pakistan were all 2 match test series. South african board is all concerned about money rather than cricket itself. Mind you South AFrica will be thanking heavens for this shortened tour as their team is in for a real hiding on their own doctored pitches.

  • sidh78 on December 1, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    some ind team hetter says that nothing big when india win at home but when sa aust wins at home they called them great,what a double standarad.btw india win outside also plz check the records.i think india won 13 matches out of 15 in outside india(in eng,wi).some people says ind pitches are flat & easy for batting but in actual ind pitches are slow & turning not so easy for batting. why not apposite team's batsman make more runs againat so called weak bowlling of india and win matches if indian pitches are easy for batting.plz check the average of great ponting in india which is very low below 30. so indian pitches are easy for batting then why his average low in india.(avg. of sachin,dravid laxman are above 50 in australia eng )

  • mahi678 on December 1, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar, you are right. currently there are no younsters in SA team to complement the likes of AB,kallis,Amla. its getting to end of an one in SA side. Simililar stage happened with india 2 years ago as they dubbed 4-0 to england 2 years ago. same case goes to Australia. but the fans need to understand thats things are changing players are more matured now, there is no case of much home team advantage these days. the series between SA and Pak is example. SA won ODI series in UAE but lost it in their own backyard- thats the twist.

  • on December 1, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    One match and Pak have been shown where they belong.

  • mzm149 on December 1, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @NAYANPALLY: You are absolutlely right about BCCI and Dhoni avoiding/ shortening South Africa tour. Scoring centuries and double centuries on doctored batting friendly tracks and very small boundaries is nothing as compared to facing real pace, seam, swing and bounce on competitive tracks against the best side in world. It will be an eye opener for Dhoni and co.

  • CandidIndian on December 1, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Sheharyar Abbasi on (November 30, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

    South Africa prior to this Pakistan series had an unbeaten record in all bilateral series in SA

    Wrong!! SA lost ODI series to NZ few months ago. Learn to remember stats first before commenting in cricket forums.

  • pull_shot on December 1, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    It's interesting to see how these indian batting line up cope against likes of styen and co because they were so inexperienced Rohit,Dhawan,Rahane played less than 5 test matches Infact except dhoni nobody didn't play atleast 20 test matches

  • on December 1, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    This series will be a good indication on towards how they face swing bowling as India go on to tour New Zealand. In January

  • Hardy1 on November 30, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    1-1 or 1-0 South Africa in the Tests, 2-1 India in the ODIs.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 30, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    @GRVJPR - Sachin didn't win any test series for India in South Africa. It was VVS whose century helped us win in 2010-11 and it was the bowling of Sreesanth that helped us win a test in the 2006-07 series. Actually Jaffer and DK put us in a strong position in the 3rd test, but our so called GODS of cricket - SRT and Dravid could handle the spin of journeyman Paul Harris and lost the match and the series for India.

  • SandipManjrekar on November 30, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Current SA squad is struggling if we compare with earlier one. I found similarity like in 2003 when Smith made debut with dual role as a captain. Then comes Steyn, morkel & AB into the best eleven & SA outfit became unbeatable. Gary joined them and they became Test no.1. kaliis was at key position in the team & others were pivoted around him. But everything is changed now. Smith & Kallis are not at peak. Amla is overloaded. Duminy is sometime reliable. AB is looking settled since PAK series(UAE). IND on other hand looks fresh & energetic, high with confidence may be because better record in Test & ODI in current calendar year. 100% success in Test(6 win out of 6) & 22-8 in ODI with 13-2 in away conditions make the entire squad fully confident. Don't be surprised if IND dominate on this tour as Proteas are not at their best. My request to all fans not to make rash statement on them like PAK fans doing in current series as they fully deserve more respect.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 30, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Over the past few days, I have seen a lot of negative comments about India's tour to SA. A lot of these comments have come from people who either hate the Indian cricket team OR they simply wish to be ignorant and fail to accept India's emerging team and players. In addition, it's equally disappointing and cynical to see many Indian supporters without hope who think India will simply sink without any performance of merit. It's purely laughable to say the least. Yes, SA in SA are tough to beat. But, this is a game of cricket played between 2 teams of 11 players each. If everyone thinks India cannot win even a single game, then WHY waste time on travel, logistics etc. Why waste our time as spectators and fans. Instead, let's hand the series to SA and remain at home for Christmas. I strongly feel this Indian team can win in SA. They have the players to do that. SA may be a strong team but they are over dependent on Steyn, Morkel, Amla and AB. It will be a tight contest. Let's see.

  • mahi678 on November 30, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Real threat to india is captain dhoni himself with his defensive tactics. many matches i have seen when lost five wickets cheaply dhoni spreads field. opposition batsman gets easy singles and makes patnerships. in the end they score big.

    in recent matches i saw dhoni has no fielders on off side boundary. opposition batsman gets easy boundaries if they can clear the infield off side. whats needd of fielders on leg side boundary when bowler is bowling out side off? need to have some brains.

    the last match vinay kumar played - he was given complete ten overs even bowler leaking runs in every spell- ended up with a bowlers century. dhoni is not good captain when team is fielding. but i rarely doubt indias batting

  • mahi678 on November 30, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    yes i agree that SA piches are hard to bat on. then it is true for SA batsman also. see PAK-SA odi series. indian bowlers generally bowl in batting friendly wickets. so they look less effctive. they get tails up given bowling friendly conditions.

  • on November 30, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    india will rock in S.A.mark my words

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 30, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    @GRVJPR, the last time it was brilliant VVS who gave us the one win. So, you are wrong when you said except Sachin everybody else failed on the last tour. When an Indian win so important to all of us, it helps to remember who was/were behind that win.

    Having said that, yes, collective consciousness of positivity can create a positive ambience, confidence around all of us. It is indeed tiring to see some of our fellow Indians talking low about our team. It is good to have some questions and wait for the answers. But having such negativity and doubting them at every step of their endeavours is sick, to say the least.

    As you requested, let us all be positive and wish good for India. I honestly feel that the Proteas are very worried, looking at our young team. It is going to be a tight series and a real test for SA bowlers and SA batsmen against this lovely Young Team India.

  • on November 30, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    I Don't Think India Going To Win Any Test Match ...

  • do0o0mmy on November 30, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @GRVJPR. I appreciate your confidence in the Indian team BUT I fear for them hey. I believe they can win the ODI series (even though it's going to be hard against Steyn and Philander steaming in with the white ball). As for the Test Series, I just don't think any of the young Indian guns will stand up to Vernon Philander. The guy is unstoppable in SA. SA will fight and win in Durbs. In Johannesburg, I think SA will win by an innings. Shami won't trouble Amla, de Villers and Kallis. Maybe Zaheer will get his bunny BUT that's just about it. 2-0 and 2-1 in favour of Proteas is my prediction.

  • on November 30, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @All criticizers of Indian team you guys said the same things before champions trophy and when we won it(no side could beat us in even a single match) you said it was a fluke or rigged pitches in England.Add to that our team won 15 out of 17 matches in total of overseas matches this year,you say they were weak oppositions but irony is that you lost to same opponents when we won comprehensively.Now SA tour is starting your monologue has again started,irrespective of the result you will still make only excuse and criticize our team.So we really don't care what you think.We are the best ODI side of the world,no. 2 test and t20 side.We are the best.Period.Now keep going on whatever you were going about.Thank you :)

  • its.rachit on November 30, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    With trembling fingers I write that this Indian side can beat SA in SA ...

  • on November 30, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Gambhir was a must for SA tour. But let them try the new guys too. Batting in Indian conditions is very easy compared to batting on SA pitches.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    @ Saad Khan, You must be dreaming saying Indian batsmen caught behind to west Indies. India batted only 2 innings in entire series and most batsmen got out to west indies spinner shilligford.

  • devil_in_details on November 30, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    The rise of the confident Indian cricket establishment both on and off the field has been the defining trend of world cricket this century. On field through out the 2000's decade they fought toe to toe with the Australian team before finally edging ahead towards the end of the decade. Off the field , assisted by advent of IPL they have established decisive dominance as well. Dont let the blip in 2012- led by large scale retirements fool you, the long term trend of Indian cricket is towards achieving the dominant position in world cricket. This breed of new Indian cricketers- batsmen, bowlers and fielders know what it takes to succeed across formats and countries- something which is beyond their peers in other countries. When Dhawan and Pujara appear confident of doing well, its no empty boast- they are confident without being arrogant and know it takes discipline along with flamboyance to win. No doubt they will do well in this SA tour as well as other tours to come.

  • on November 30, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Dhawan can only do good in Indian conditions or batting wickets Even in last series I saw many Indian batsmen being caught behind or slip region agains t Windies in India imagine what will happen if they will face STEYN,PHILANDER,MORKEL,TSOTSOBE and company Even I heard Pujara making a statement that he will carry the confidence from Ranji To South Africa these are foolish statements

  • on November 30, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    i do want to tell one to all those doubt indian batting, there are other aspects in this team, this is better bowling unit than the past, better fielding unit than the past, coming to the batting yes batsman will be tested by bounce, but unlike indian conditions once you get used to the bounce you can trust the bounce and play your shots, where as in indian conditions the uneven bounce can even deceive a set bats man, so in my opinion there is better chances for this team to be successful and hope so......

  • on November 30, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Tests in SA are going to be a real "test" for the Indian batsmen. Except Pujara the others don't appear, at least prima facie, to have the combo of technique & temperament needed to handle the current SA pace attack, especially at the Wanderers. If India can draw the test series it would be equivalent to a victory for this team. The Indian pacers won't instill fear in the SA batsmen and the conditions won't favor the spinners (except maybe in Durban). The ODIs are another matter. SA is not among the better ODI teams. India could even win the series (as Pak has done).

  • on November 30, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    test match is a difficult game & for winning test u have to take 20 wkts which I think indian bowlers are not capable of. odi we can win though with batting alone

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    For the first time south africa will be bounced out on bouncy wickets. Umesh, Shami, Bhuvneshwar, Mohit will create havoc. Bhuvi swing, Umesh deadly pace, Shami pace with intelligent bowling is too much for current south african players to handle.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    My appeal to all Indian fans. Lets get behind our young team. No negative comments about them for full south africa tour. A collective conciousness full of positivity of a billion people will sure make India win.

  • Cruzan on November 30, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Even though they have some recent success, they need to face a bouncy reception,

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    India will win the ODI series 2-1. First match is dicy as India will be playing first time with youngsters. In test matches India will win the first test and second test there will be rain and thunderstorms. India wins again 1-0. ALL in all a succesful tour for India.

  • bowledwarnie on November 30, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    South Africa have the best seam attack in world cricket right now. Test at the Wanderers could be over inside 3 days is India's batsmen can't cope with additional bounce and carry at altitude. SA to win series 1-0, Durban will be a draw.. India are a poor side on the road especially in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    If rohit does well in opening in ODI matches will India continue to open with him in tests and bring Vijay? Rhit would have got used to steyn and company in ODI series. Interesting call for management.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Dhawan doesn't have to score century. Even half century will do. In those conditions, if they are like they are when India plays in south africa, 240 is a good score. Also Dhoni might need to revisit his strategy of chasing as south africa doesn't like chasing. So India should look to bat well, put 240 on scorecard and then with good fielding and movement in nights (no dew in south africa usually) create pressure on south africa who doesn't like chasing targets. The last 7 times south africa chased they lost the games.

  • GreenBouncySpin on November 30, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Dhawan's statements are just as confident as his stroke play. I don't see any hint of over confidence. He stated the facts that Indians faced SA bowlers already, that he played good against SA A team recently and most importantly that our batsmen are peaking in form lately. He also clearly added that he knows what awaits - quality bowling and bouncy tracks. Like Dhawan, I am also very (not over) confident that our top 4 will perform well. Each one of them will have a good outing in both ODIs and Tests with combination of couple low scores and quality hundreds. And people bashing our bowling attack - if we were able to win matches in India with this bowling unit (albeit against poor batting), our bowlers will surely make an impact in SA. Mark my words guys - India is going to perform much better than last 2 away outings. We will easily win ODI series and will draw the Test series level.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Actually despite inexperience this team has better chance then previous tour team. They are good runners and god fielding and bowling team than last time. Only thing is batting. But then even on last series except for sachin everyone else failed and yet we did quite well. I think this young team has the best chance to win.

  • gsingh7 on November 30, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    team india is on upward curve now. steyn morkel have been faced and battered by indian batsmen with disdain in ipl and ct2013 in england. even their other bowlers like tsosobe and parnell have been dealt severely by dhawan and co in list a games in sa when india a side won tri series which also included very good aus a side. i guess india a side beaten south africa a side in all games , even on their homegrounds. so dhawan and co will be confident and aiming to win test series 2-0. may the best team win.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 30, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    not many cares about test, as long as india won the odi series

  • Gianinder on November 30, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Dhawan will scope ton in test as well as in ODIi also because he has all the shots in his armry.

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    too early to say about dhawan, or any other player, but.... let's face it.... beware Indian bashers...you might eat your own words at the end of this year.... I might be wrong...but THIS Indian team will surely have a impact on SA....

  • Bladerunners on November 30, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    South africa should win tests 4-0.they also needs to win odi 3-0 to improve rankings.

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    It'd be vital for the batsmen to start afresh whilst batting and not consider any innings as a continuation of the recent run spree. Bowling would demand respect in South Africa, and the likes of Rohit and Shikhar shouldn't let confidence override caution. Rohit's angled bat poses the biggest threat.

  • Sir_Ivor on November 30, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Dhawan looks good. If he manages well against Philander and Steyn, he may be on the way to greatness even if his due has come later that it should have in the aftermath of the U 19 WC in which he was named 'Man of the series'. He has all the strokes and the confidence as we have seen in his body language. I am not sure if Duncan Fletcher has sorted out his hook to keep the ball from going in the air. As someone said, he could be like Mathew Hayden who got his chances late but when he did get selected he was simply unmatched. He was a vital part of the Australian team which won 16 tests at a stretch. He and Langer were a great combination. I hope Dhawan and one of Sharma,or Rahane or Rahul or Unmukt become a great opening pair for India.He needs to brush up on his leg glance and late cut.

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Lets face it, no one cares how these guys perform in the ODIs, as long as they perform well in the Tests.

    Given the experience in this team, I will be more than happy with a drawn Test series. In the previous two tours, India held an upper-hand on the 4th day of the final test in both series (Lead of 40 from the 1st innings, and 90-2 in 2007, and , SA were 130-6 in 2011) but could not capitalise on the situation.

    This team might not have the experience that the last 2 series had, but they do not have the baggage either. Lets hope we can at least draw the series.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    I think the first game is goint to be difficult for India. They are juts playing their game after 2 days of reaching Africa. I think in first game all the batsmen should go after the bowling because if they try to defend without knowing how much it is going to bounce they might get out caught behind etc and don't put enough runs. They should look to create pressure on south african bowling from first match itself. Dhawan, Dhoni, Kohli are the ones who should go and attack bowling no matter what. While rohit and other play normal game. This will allow us to get a decent enough score. Then our fielding is best at the moment and bowlers will be more effective than in India. We have to get 3 wickets : Amla, De Villlers, and Kallis, others will choke under pressure themselves.

  • on November 30, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I really love the way Shikhar Dhawan bats,specially when he cuts the ball towards point region.But my favourite is the one on the up towards covers,it shows that he has huge confidence in his ability.It will be an exciting contest to see steyn,morkel vs Dhawan.

  • on November 30, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @Harsh : Can you please elaborate who you are referring to by "He". Anyways if its dhawan i concur he will succeed, then i guess we both are on the same page

  • PeterJerome on November 30, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Cmon guys. Team Indian has really undergone a structural change with this young brigade coming through. Lets not write them off with those poor predictions. Forget the ODIs. I think tests will be 1-0 in favor of India. What a shame it couldnt be a 5 test series due to board bureaucracies. Robbed us fans of some quality entertainment.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    No matter which condition or which pitch, this Indian team'll win ODI everywhere. So at least a 2-1 in ODI series with a chance of 3-0. But in test it'll be SA, if India can at least draw a match, that'll be great thing.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @ Jawad Mustafa Yawer, Get your geography right. India won champions trophy in England and that is not in India. And the first team India hammered in Champions trophy was South Africa in which dhawan got a brilliant century and where pakistan was scoring 120 runs only.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Dhawan got brilliant century agaisnt South Africa in england which is not in India.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Be optimistic,they are one of the best players in country.Just wait and watch.No point discussing where they played and how they played.It is all about adjusting.If they can adjust it well,they can perform well for sure.Past is history and should be taken as a lesson instead of repenting and demoralising.Best of luck guys!

  • fayyaz03 on November 30, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Dhoni's wicket and his batting position will be important for S.Africa. Dhawan will only perform if he adjust his batting attitude from Over aggressive to watchful against new ball. He has got plenty of telent but short of experience of International bilateral series against the opponents with potent bowling attacks. Raina, Sharma, Yuvraj, Ashwin all will be gunned down through short balls. Virat Kohli is weak against the swinging deliveries and his weakness was exposed last winter against Pakistan.Let see how he and Pujara perform there. And the biggest problem lies in their bowling department. Shami is a prospect but bowling at death needs experience. Most of the matches will be one sided.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    indian team in india r good players but as usual on a away soil ll b difficult...so mr dhawan now its the time when world will see your capabilities

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I think Dhawan can cope with the bounce. The problem for any batsmen is when it starts swinging. Only in England, the ball swings more. In SA, you need to adjust to the pace and bounce and once you do that, you can score runs in quick pace. If he is at ease in SA, then you can see him score runs quickly with his drives, pulls, and cuts. All the best Dhawan. You remind me of Mathew Hayden's second coming and went on to become one of the world's best.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I think India will take the ODI series 2-1, but lose in tests 2-0. And my guess is even if Steyn will have impact, my man of series would be Philander.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    mr.dhawan you have played them in ipl..where there are dead tracks! in sa there is totally differnt conditions!

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Excuse me facebook. Apart from the swinging conditions, the pitches did not offer much assistance for the fast bowlers. The openers saw the new-ball off and then took charge. in Eng, there wasn't much bounce. We can say typical subcontinet pitch in CT 2013. At same time, i dont want to take the credit away from India. The real test begins now. Even if we see-off the new-ball, the pace and bounce of wicket - Steyn and Morke will surely trouble. Thats where I will be interested to see the response of Indian batsmen

  • Lion83 on November 30, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Indian batsmen cannot score runs in SA pitches exept Durban which is a more likely a indian wicket most teams can beat SA in durban. I think Indian batsmen can really be tested in this serious and it will be 2-1 in ODI & 2-0 in tests in favour of SA.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    dhawan will have to take time to face the likes of steyn philander and morkel cause he hasnt face them except for morkel. it will take 1-2 games for him to adjust then he will put up tons on the boars. i feel dhawab will be the man of the series. :)

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @ankur soo lets have a bet on this i dont no about other playrs but im sure he will suceed. remember me dude

  • ketaann on November 30, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    african team will come very hard because of their loss to pakistan n this will made more tough job for india. I guess RSA will win 2-1 in odi n take test series 2-0. Failure is there for raina,yuvraj,ashwin,rohit.

  • Jalz007 on November 30, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I sincerely wish that the Indian Team should have left a lot earlier to South Africa to acclimatise to the conditions. Very important. What was the meaning in having those 3 one-dayers against WI? Indian players were not going to prove the world any thing by beating the windies, every one knows at present they are a weak team. Point less in scheduling the one dayers. Instead the BCCI should have the sense of sending their main batsmen & bowlers to SA, and get used to the conditions. Few tour matches against SA A side is worth its weight in gold than those meaningless one dayers played at home. Our players will descend in the cauldron & get beaten black & blue. Any bets on whether they will extending their losing streake from 8-0 to 11-0 in tests? When will BCCI learn?????

  • cric_freakNo2 on November 30, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @ODI_BestFormOfCricket You are right,They are inconsistent but when they are consistent they are unstoppable so please pray them to be inconsistent :lol: P.S: u forgot about the most important bowler, Philander, dont tell me he is inconsistent that too in SA :P

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Dhawan scored 248 in a 50 over game in SA, Although it was played between A teams of respective countries but still 248 in 50 overs in SA is not easy hell It's quite impossible to repeat.. I agree conditions will be different but cricket isn't played on the merit of conditions but confidence and Indian batsmen are the most confident lot at the moment..SA bowling isn't that great except Steyn but Steyn too cud have a bad day.. Folks, Chill out..Don't underestimate these young guys.. Did you forget Champiins trophy 2013? Conditions were not in favour of India but who won that trophy at last? INDIA only bcz of courage and determination shown by these young, talented and confident lads.. Let the series begin and we will see how mouths can they shut!

  • ravi_hari on November 30, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    The confidence shown by this Indian team will keep them in good stead. However, they should not be over confident or complacent. It is true playing all bowlers in IPL will give them an idea of what is in store. It is happy to note that Dhawan and team are ready for the bouncy tracks in SA. However, one thing they all should guard against is too much aggression. They are going to play 2 tests and if they want to win they should have patience. Remember that the pitches are not only fast and bouncy the grounds are also large. So trying to play over the in field like Dhawan or Dhoni do is not a good idea. Also the variety SA has in bowling will test every Indian batsman. SA is a very good fielding side. India benefitted against poor fielding by Aus and WI in the last 2 series. SA will not give away easy lives! The weather will also play a part. So on the one side it is good to be confident, it is advised to be cautious when you are facing the No.1 test side. Hope they realise it in time.

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    mr. arjun when australia came to india we were having very flat pitches unsuitable for fast bowling dats why australian bowlers also struggled they could not defend even 360 and 350 as well so how can you say dat australian bowlers bowled well . plz reply im waiting

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    one shouldn't claim before going to play in South Africa against south Africa having to face Dayel Stayn.

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    He is my top pic for the player who will perform well in SA. Remember SA pitches are not just about the bounce but also swing. My 10 bucks on Dhawan to succeed, Kohli to have an average test series, Rohit will fail to cross 50 even once and Pujara to have an average test series.

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    South Africa prior to this Pakistan series had an unbeaten record in all bilateral series in SA. How can u term Morkel and Tesobe as inconsistent. since they dunt have a world class spinner they always rely on their heavy duty fast bowling battery to win them matches. And yes comparing flat Indian pitches with bouncy tracks in SA doesn't make any sense. Dhawan is thinking way too ahead. dude just keep or thinking to yrself and only prove or point by making these so called 'inconsistent' bowlers thrashed all around the park. we will wait and see.

  • SridharKalyan on November 30, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    South Africa is currently one of the best bowling units....but so are Pakistan, England, and to a large extent, Australia. The weaker bowling units like India, Sri Lanka - have made up for that with one of the strongest batting line-up, almost nuetralizing the disadvantage. But as they say, you need your bowlers to take 10 wickets every innings, no matter how many your batsmen score!!! That is going to be the key. HST, most readers would agree that the Indians and the S Africans know one another quite well, having played alongside/against each other so very often in the IPL/CL teams. So the key difference this time is going to be the pitches and the weather in SA.

  • S.Jagernath on November 30, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    The pitches prepared for the IPL & Champions League in South Africa are very,very far from the green surfaces that will be set.Shikhar Dhawan & any other Indian believing that playing the IPL will help them in South Africa are fooling themselves.Dhawan will Tilakaratne Dilshan did in South Africa,a blast here & there but unsuccessfully.

  • immi2711 on November 30, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    In the current crop of players, I dont see anyone who can compare to swag of Dhawan...and no I am not his relative, this is from a Pak fan. I dont think he said anything out of line here, all he says is that he is confident of playing well in SA, which is all he can do, he is looking forward to the competition. I do agree its not going to be easy, with philander/steyn/morkel/ and the rest...But for sure, I expect a better show than Hafeez/Nasir and company....

  • arjun_chaudhri on November 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Dear Friends , as a independent journalist and Indian citizen, I will express my sincerely view. I'm sorry If any one hurt because my comment. In this cricketing world every team will having they're ecstasy period, look now our team India going through that in high note, but that is normal thing in cricket world and It doesn't mean that we are the all time best . yes, now we are the best ODI team because of our super batting ability but look our bowling and fielding, It's not up to the mark, hence we don't have to over joy or over confident It will add our young team to more pressure, look Australian side, I think they're the all time best team for last two and half decade , they were excellent in all 3 department, they're 4 times world cup winners and 2 times runner-up adds more they're consecutively No.1 test team for two decade BUT see what happen now ?? we have think about it and don't put our team in pressure cooker ! this is young team If they going to fail no one can't stop it.

  • on November 30, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    A chancy player who always needs a dropped chance and then scores.He will fail badly there.Only kohli and dhoni will make some runs.pakistan won odi series in africa due to the best bowling attack in the world.otherwise i dont see india will defend even 280 against africa.And in test matches,to be honest,there is no one who can stay on the wicket for long and as always bowling is club level.so i predict 2-1 to africa in ODIs and 2 nil in tests.India should boycott from next whole year because their all matches are oversees.Honeymoon is over indian fans.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 30, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    i think indian fans and media hyped SA bowling attack. Other than steyn, SA bowling is not top class. Morkel, tstosbe are inconsistent. In odi, SA team is inconsistent including steyn. So india will perform

  • on November 30, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Although his record appears fantastic this year, to me Dhawan still takes a lot of unnecessary risk and gets out softly many times. He will get starts and throw it away. I've yet to see the fighting temperament, but because he is in form and is insanely talented he has done well. I predict a few low scores in SA to start the tour and then when he curbs his attacking, reckless instinct he will make some hundreds.

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  • on November 30, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Although his record appears fantastic this year, to me Dhawan still takes a lot of unnecessary risk and gets out softly many times. He will get starts and throw it away. I've yet to see the fighting temperament, but because he is in form and is insanely talented he has done well. I predict a few low scores in SA to start the tour and then when he curbs his attacking, reckless instinct he will make some hundreds.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 30, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    i think indian fans and media hyped SA bowling attack. Other than steyn, SA bowling is not top class. Morkel, tstosbe are inconsistent. In odi, SA team is inconsistent including steyn. So india will perform

  • on November 30, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    A chancy player who always needs a dropped chance and then scores.He will fail badly there.Only kohli and dhoni will make some runs.pakistan won odi series in africa due to the best bowling attack in the world.otherwise i dont see india will defend even 280 against africa.And in test matches,to be honest,there is no one who can stay on the wicket for long and as always bowling is club level.so i predict 2-1 to africa in ODIs and 2 nil in tests.India should boycott from next whole year because their all matches are oversees.Honeymoon is over indian fans.

  • arjun_chaudhri on November 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Dear Friends , as a independent journalist and Indian citizen, I will express my sincerely view. I'm sorry If any one hurt because my comment. In this cricketing world every team will having they're ecstasy period, look now our team India going through that in high note, but that is normal thing in cricket world and It doesn't mean that we are the all time best . yes, now we are the best ODI team because of our super batting ability but look our bowling and fielding, It's not up to the mark, hence we don't have to over joy or over confident It will add our young team to more pressure, look Australian side, I think they're the all time best team for last two and half decade , they were excellent in all 3 department, they're 4 times world cup winners and 2 times runner-up adds more they're consecutively No.1 test team for two decade BUT see what happen now ?? we have think about it and don't put our team in pressure cooker ! this is young team If they going to fail no one can't stop it.

  • immi2711 on November 30, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    In the current crop of players, I dont see anyone who can compare to swag of Dhawan...and no I am not his relative, this is from a Pak fan. I dont think he said anything out of line here, all he says is that he is confident of playing well in SA, which is all he can do, he is looking forward to the competition. I do agree its not going to be easy, with philander/steyn/morkel/ and the rest...But for sure, I expect a better show than Hafeez/Nasir and company....

  • S.Jagernath on November 30, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    The pitches prepared for the IPL & Champions League in South Africa are very,very far from the green surfaces that will be set.Shikhar Dhawan & any other Indian believing that playing the IPL will help them in South Africa are fooling themselves.Dhawan will Tilakaratne Dilshan did in South Africa,a blast here & there but unsuccessfully.

  • SridharKalyan on November 30, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    South Africa is currently one of the best bowling units....but so are Pakistan, England, and to a large extent, Australia. The weaker bowling units like India, Sri Lanka - have made up for that with one of the strongest batting line-up, almost nuetralizing the disadvantage. But as they say, you need your bowlers to take 10 wickets every innings, no matter how many your batsmen score!!! That is going to be the key. HST, most readers would agree that the Indians and the S Africans know one another quite well, having played alongside/against each other so very often in the IPL/CL teams. So the key difference this time is going to be the pitches and the weather in SA.

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    South Africa prior to this Pakistan series had an unbeaten record in all bilateral series in SA. How can u term Morkel and Tesobe as inconsistent. since they dunt have a world class spinner they always rely on their heavy duty fast bowling battery to win them matches. And yes comparing flat Indian pitches with bouncy tracks in SA doesn't make any sense. Dhawan is thinking way too ahead. dude just keep or thinking to yrself and only prove or point by making these so called 'inconsistent' bowlers thrashed all around the park. we will wait and see.

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    He is my top pic for the player who will perform well in SA. Remember SA pitches are not just about the bounce but also swing. My 10 bucks on Dhawan to succeed, Kohli to have an average test series, Rohit will fail to cross 50 even once and Pujara to have an average test series.

  • on November 30, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    one shouldn't claim before going to play in South Africa against south Africa having to face Dayel Stayn.