Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

India tour of South Africa 2013: Indian bowlers are skillful says Russell Domingo

© Getty Images
Russell Domingo believes that the pitch at Durban has changed its nature in the years gone by © Getty Images

Durban: Dec 25, 2013

 

South Africa coach Russell Domingo said that it would be a foolish to “write off the Indian bowling attack” as the pitch at Kingsmead isn’t exactly to the liking of the home team as they square off in the series decider at Durban on Thursday.

 

“Everyone writes them off, but they are very skilful bowlers. When bowlers from the sub-continent come here, they get excited about bowling in South Africa. But they have already developed their skills playing on non-helpful wickets,” Domingo said at a press conference in Durban on Wednesday.

 

“In that light, the Indian medium-pacers are like the Pakistan attack, very skilful and threatening in such conditions. Their spin bowlers are also very clever. They have subtle changes of pace and bounce, lots of variations, and they use the crease in different ways,” he added.

 

The coach said that his team is ready to move on from the drawn last Test where they almost chased an improbable target of 458 runs.

 

“We have got to move on. Sure, it would have been a romantic story to have won it. But it’s all done and dusted now, and we have to start again tomorrow. India can take a lot of positives from there and so can we. It will be two very balanced sides will be playing this Test match,” he opined.

 

The pitch here at Durban had behaved significantly differently during the One-Day International (ODI) series, especially in comparison to the Johannesburg wicket.

 

And it seems to be the case this time as well.

 

“The pitch here looks pretty dry and it is probably not what we were expecting,” said Domingo.

 

“The groundsmen at different venues don’t really seek our opinion. The curators are all professionals and we trust their work here. But it will probably not be a 180-all out game but a high-scoring one. Over the last five-six years, the nature of the Kingsmead pitch has changed.”

 

“I am guessing the pitch will be a lot slower than we are accustomed to. So, I am not sure the conditions will really benefit us,” he added.

 

The hosts have to decide about their bowling combination, as they are yet to take a call on Morne Morkel’s fitness. The fast bowler had twisted his ankle in the first Test.

 

“He seems to be okay. I haven’t chatted to the physiotherapist Brandon Jackson but just briefly chatting to Morne, he seems to be fine so that’s good news for us,” said Domingo.

 

Moving on then, it seems that the Proteas are also a bit worried about the Indian bowling and the response their batsmen have given so far in the two innings at Johannesburg.

 

“I firmly believe the opening partnership holds the key for us. If they can give us 80-100 runs, then we have a platform for the guys to follow. Graeme (Smith) and Alviro (Petersen) have been doing this for us for a while now,” he said.

 

When asked specifically about the likes of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn, both of whom couldn’t make much of a mark in the first Test, the coach seemed unperturbed.

 

“Hashim has been in great form for us for the last two-three years. He is going to get runs at some stage, probably in this match.

 

“It is just a matter of time and this is a great place to do it, a great occasion on Boxing Day. He was very mature about his dismissals in the first Tests, like any other dismissal. He was disappointed of course, but he has moved on.

 

Dale (Steyn) too has moved on”.

 

South Africa will need their best players to perform, indeed, for they haven’t won in Durban in the last four Tests.

 

Their last win came against West Indies, back in 2008, and since they have lost four on the bounce to Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka.

 

“Our past record here is not something we have thought of. It is my first Test match here and I am not carrying any baggage. Our players are looking forward to this Test since we don?t have a New Year’s test. So, Boxing Day becomes a big occasion and it is a massive Test match for us,” he signed off.

 

South Africa vs India — Live on Ten Cricket

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoys bowling after Chennai’s win over Rajasthan

David Miller believes three consecutive wins in IPL 2014 ‘phenomenal’ for Kings XI Punjab

Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round show helps Chennai Super Kings trump Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs in IPL 2014 tie

Sachin Tendulkar: Why he remains my favourite cricketer

Sachin Tendulkar: How he made me fall in love with cricket

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Meg Lanning, Arran Brindle and other women cricketers who have led at a younger age than ther male counterparts

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Google Street View now lets users go back in time

Amazon takes on Flipkart, offers self service registration to sellers

Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani

Sachin Tendulkar: How he made me fall in love with cricket

Now an ICU in your home — at a much cheaper cost!

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Live Cricket Score, IPL 2014: Match 11 at Sharjah

Is Cameron Diaz planning holiday for Gwyneth Paltrow?

BJP trying to take political mileage out of disaster: Rawat

Also on cricketcountry.com