Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara believes his team can win a historic first series of tests in South Africa thanks to his impressive fast-paced bowling attack on the lively highveld courts, which host the first two of three Tests.
India comes from a home win against New Zealand while South Africa has not played Red Ball cricket since June before the first test, which begins in Pretoria on December 26th.
“We played a few Tests in India so most of the guys are in contact,” Pujara told the India Cricket Board of Control on Saturday.
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“We have enough time to prepare and the guys are really looking forward to these tests. It’s the best chance for us to finally win a series in South Africa.”
Pujara believes the growing influence of India’s fast-paced bowling attack, which has contributed to its recent overseas successes, gives them the confidence to beat the home team in typically seafaring South African courts.
“Our fast bowlers have been the overall difference between the teams when we’ve played overseas. If you look at the Australia and England series, we did exceptionally well as a bowling unit.”
“Our fast bowlers are our strength (in South Africa) and I hope they can take advantage of the conditions and give us 20 wickets in every friendly.”
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South Africa may be undercooked as many of their main players haven’t played top-notch cricket since their streak win at the West Indies in June, but Pujara believes India should focus on what they are good at rather than worrying about their opponent’s problems .
“We wouldn’t think too much about whether we have the upper hand or not. We’ll try to stick to our game plan and our processes and the things we have to do to be successful in South Africa.”
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