Rassie van der Dussen was one of the few highlights of South Africa’s otherwise below-par World Cup campaign. ©AFP

Rassie van der Dussen on Saturday said that South Africa are set to follow their traditional “try hard, play hard” approach during their ongoing tour of India .

The South African vice-captain, on the eve of the third and final T20I of the series in Bengaluru, made it clear that the visitors are here to compete.

“We got a young squad now but we came here to compete in the traditional South African way, try hard, play hard,” van der Dussen said.


“We have got young guys in the squad and we are not going to stand back for anyone. That’s the emphasis, results go your way or not, that’s sometimes you are not sure what’s going to happen. We knew it’s going to be tough, India is one of the strongest team in the world, and we know we are embracing their challenge,” he added.

van der Dussen said that the experience of some of his teammates during the last tour of India will be helpful during the remainder of the games on the tour.

“The last Test tour did not go well but the guys who were here have learnt a lot of lessons and we definitely are better prepared this time,” he said.

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The right-handed batsman also stated that the team will miss the services of the experienced legspinner Imran Tahir.

“Imran Tahir is obviously massive for us. He has been so good, he has retired from one-day cricket so he is going to focus on T20 cricket, and we know he is a big weapon for us,” he said.

“The challenge for other bowlers is that we don’t have the luxury of a guy like that, who can come in and bowl four overs for 20, and maybe take one or two wickets,” added van der Dussen.

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South Africa, having lost the second T20I in Mohali on Wednesday, will be eager to level the series by winning the third and final T20I on Sunday. However, it won’t be an easy task, especially against the top three of India’s batting unit – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

When asked how South Africa are planning to tackle the three, van der Dussen said: “They are probably three of the best T20 batters in the world and the world has ever seen. Virat and Rohit are the two leading run scorers at the moment in international T20 cricket.”

“It’s a great challenge for young bowlers coming here and bowling to these guys. But like I said, we know what the challenge is. If we want to get a win, we have to nullify this kind of players,” he added.

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While South Africa had a torrid time during the World Cup 2019, van der Dussen’s performance was one of the only few highlights for the Proteas.

Discussing the same, he said: “It’s been an unbelievable 12 to 14 months for me. The challenge for me going forward would be to maintain the form that I have had and keep improving as a player and winning games for the team. That’s something I pride myself in.”

van der Dussen also highlighted how the team should be going forward with the next year’s T20 World Cup around the corner.

“We have a young team. Guys are absolving and learning everything quickly. We have got some 18 more games leading to the T20 World Cup next year. The challenge for us is to learn those lessons very quickly and make sure in some years time, we are one of the top sides of the world,” concluded van der Dussen.