The Indian batting line-up has been exposed to the hilt in the One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa, but top-order batsmen, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, on Thursday said that they would prefer to go into the Test series beginning December 18 with an uncluttered mind and stick to the basics.
“I think you got to keep it simple because already there is a lot of talk going around. You got to go out there and be free in your mind and just see the ball and play, that’s the basic plan, as simple as that,” said Vijay.
“We came early, and I have watched a couple games on television, especially the first one at Wanderers. So I know what to expect.”
Pujara said that adjusting to the pace and bounce of the wickets in South Africa will be key.
“When you are playing at the international level, you expect fast bowling and so it’s not about who is the fastest. But yes conditions are favourable for bowlers and so it is a little challenging for us. That is the important part as a youngster, because when you want to grow as a cricketer, you want to face challenges and learn out of it. It will be a challenging tour for us, but we are well prepared for it,” said Pujara.
“I think the important thing here is that you need to adjust to the bounce and the lateral movement. Since I have played a couple of matches here, it will help me adjust better and I think the preparation time that we had here is also enough and should help us to perform better.”
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