After flooring South Africa and taking an impregnable 3-0 lead in 6-match one-day internationals (ODI) series, Virat Kohli led Team India are on the brink of making history on Saturday against the Proteas in the 4th ODI at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Before the third ODI, Shikhar Dhawan had highlighted that the team wants to win every game ahead of them, building on victory in the third Test here, and there would be no complacency in the dressing room. He's got a hundred in every single country he's played in.
"At the moment, it looks like a big series loss for the team and it could be disappointing". Every single guy in the team is feeling pressure.
Dismissing "big dog" Virat Kohli cheaply could be key to an embattled South Africa's chances of halting India's fine run in the ongoing ODI series, feels allrounder Chris Morris. There's no complaining about it, there's no hiding behind it, we've just got to play. The hosts are boosted with the return of star batsman de Villiers, who was added to their South African DOI squad for the rest of the series on Thursday.
One of David Miller or Khaya Zondo will make way for him in the playing eleven. Moreover, with the Vision 2019 in focus as well as the fact that their limited-overs cricket scene will be ordinary once senior players like Hashim Amla, du Plessis and de Villiers hang their boots, the former captain urges them to groom the players well.More news: Jobless Rate Down, Labour Participation Rate Up In Windsor
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Despite practicing with local wrist spinners at Newlands, the Proteas' batting line-up still collapsed against the Indian spin duo, with both Chahal and Kuldeep taking four wickets apiece. "I think there will be a lot more video work done, lots of guys watching the hand and watching the ball and I think just maybe change our options", he explained.
If he is fit and available, it is expected that de Villiers will bat at No.3 with Jean Paul Duminy dropping down to No.4. "They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling".
India had previously broken into unchartered territory at Newlands when, for the first time since they began touring here in 1992-93, they won three matches in a bilateral ODI engagement in South Africa.
What Morris was hoping to get from the pitch at the Wanderers Stadium was less help for the spinners, though he reiterated that pitches couldn't be used as an excuse for South Africa's dismal show in the ODIs so far. "They were not very nice to bowl on", he smiled.
"It doesn't matter what you arrive to play on: if it's turning, if it's quick, if it's seaming, it's low and slow, we've just got to play", said Morris. It is the "Pink ODI", played for the awareness against breast cancer and for the benefit of those suffering from the disease. It's become quite a good tradition to play in pink.