Graeme Pollock impressed by current Indian team

Graeme Pollock (above) praised Shikhar Dhawan for his mammoth knock of 248 against Australia A © Getty Images

Aug 16, 2013

Former South African batsman Graeme Pollock lauded the current Indian team and said they look set for the tour of South Africa towards the end of the year.

India’s upcoming tour of South Africa received a boost when the Cheteshwar Pujara-led India A emerged successful in the one-day tri-series involving South Africa A and Australia A in Pretoria on Wednesday.

“I must say Indian cricket is looking good. They can produce the goods really well on their day. I like Virat Kohli. Overall the Indian side is aggressive which is important. When they [opponents] give it to you, they can get it back with interest,” Pollock said, as reported by Mid-Day.

Pollock didn’t get the chance to watch Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan score a mammoth 248 against South Africa A, but was very impressed with the achievement.

“It’s one hell of a performance! It’s a huge effort and if someone can get 248, he surely must be able to play very well,” said the batting legend.

Pollock also expressed his concern over the South African side in limited-overs cricket.  

“I think they are messing around with their batting order. AB de Villiers is keeping wickets, but he should be left to concentrate on his batting. You can’t be batting in 50 overs cricket like it’s a 20-20 game. It’s important to keep wickets in hand to get to a big score and that’s not happening,” he said.

Talking about the decline in Australian cricket, Pollock added, “I don’t know what’s happening there. People say they will get better. I don’t see that happening. They just don’t seem to have the quality batsmen apart from Michael Clarke. They have some very average players.”