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Dravid: What India's batsmen must do in Jo'burg

Former India batsman Rahul Dravid on the difficulties in adjusting to the Wanderers pitch ahead of the first Test

Interviewer: Sidharth Monga

December 17, 2013

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Posted by Alexk400 on (December 18, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

if SA underestimate indian batsman , then it gona be problem for SA. if SA play and make chest height ball as weakness and deliver 60% ball at chest height indians are finished. Planning one thing , can they execute in controlled fashion?.

We can rely on steyn to deliver at crunch time but i do not know about morkel and philander. if morkel or philander shines it will be good for SA. Can SA go with 4 fast bowlers? . It will be killer blow to diminutive indian batsman.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

The young top-order should review videos of how assured Ashwin looks and handles the fast bowlers-there iOS a lesson to learn from the No.8

Posted by Yogeshdg on (December 18, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

If Indian bowlers can extract something from the wicket, then I shudder to think what SA bowlers will do to us:). After alll they have not come to Johhanesburg to have tea and coffee :)

Posted by Yogeshdg on (December 18, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

I have a gut feeling thast 2014 will spell the end of the careers of few Indian cricketers. After the SA tour,we have tours of NZ,England and then Australia. ICC should have shown some mercy :)

No wonder Dhoni looks so tense these days.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

India's batsmen need to understand this! You cannt play with those low hands as they do in India. The bouncy pitches means that the top hand has to be much more in control as is their wilingness to get in line and play under the eyeline. The coaches must be aware of these issues and should have undertaken action to get these batsmen to move their feet more...this is an international team

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 18, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

I am 50/50 who will show up. Steyn/morkel or Pujara/kholi. I believe lazy players will be found out in bouncy wickets. Sunil gavaskar play 100% defense in Test but he spends lots of energy defending like gladiator. But our younger players brought up in IPL have naturally aggressive. If you are aggressive you better gets strong because if you mishit you get out easy in bouncy wickets because ball will not hit center of the bat and you may not able to judge above chest height. Its all pray almighty shot.

My concern is South african side not indian side. Will steyn & morkel show up? I rather see SA play 4 fast bowlers than 3. I hope SA do not play spinner because it would be disaster.

Posted by Ali_Eorse on (December 18, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

Dravid: You are wrong. What Indian batsman should do is watch Stokes (ENG) score a century in the Ashes where ENG lost 0-3 to AUS. Steyn is like Johnson. Amla is the best batsman in the world today. Morkel is a legend. If India is not ready, then it will be like facing a tornado when Steyn is coming...

Posted by   on (December 17, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

@Rumy1 let me guess... you are from Mumbai... Believe it or not, there is talent outside Mumbai...

Posted by nakihunter on (December 17, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

The pace & bounce in SA is a two edged sword. Srinath, Zaheer & Srisanth turned the table on the Proteas in the past. Zaheer, yadav & Shami can do the same again.

The person India will miss the most on these wickets is VVS Laxman!

Posted by bhushanB on (December 17, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

At least Pujara and Rahane should listen to Dravid.. and try to follow his advice

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