Former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli reckons that positive and aggressive attitude with the bat will be key to India’s success on the bouncy tracks of South Africa. India are likely to face their first real challenge outside home when they tour South Africa in early 2018 where they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is.
“It will be about the technique and the approach towards the game. There will be bouncy tracks and they (South African bowlers) will come at you. So the more aggressively and positively you play will be the best thing to do in South Africa,” said Kambli.
“I had learnt when I played as professional that you have to play aggressively and positively. No matter what the situation is, just play your best,” he added.
Belief in the team is strong
After sealing the series 1-0 against Sri Lanka, India have won nine series on a trot and they played at home for the last Test this season at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi where the match ended in a draw. This will be one of Virat Kohli’s biggest tests since he took over captaincy in all formats as the only two overseas Tours they have been on were in West Indies and Sri Lanka, which they tackled with ease.
“I am very confident that our team will do well (in South Africa), the way they are playing and the way they are winning. We have got the batting line up. Though it will be a challenge for Virat (Kohli) and the team,” said Kambli at sidelines of a function, where Mumbai Cricket Association announced its inaugural Mumbai T20 League from January 4 to 9.
Belief in Virat Kohli is stronger
Kambli was the first Indian batsman in Test matches to score two consecutive double hundreds in the 1990s, a feat which was equalled by skipper Virat Kohli when he scored two back-to-back double tons against Sri Lanka in the just-concluded Test series.
“The way Virat is playing is amazing. I am happy to see him batting like that. I am also VK and he is also VK. I got the double hundreds long back. I would like to congratulate him,” the former left-handed batsman said, as reported by Indian Express.