After the sensational performance of the ‘Men in Blue’ against the arch-rival Pakistan, V.V.S. Laxman feels that overcoming the jinx Team India can beat the South Africa in the World Cup. He believes that with the likes of Kohli, Dhawan and Raina back in form, Indian batting order has enough depth to tackle the one of the world’s best pace attack that includes world’s best bowler Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
“After winning the opening match against Pakistan, the confidence quotient is high among the Indian bowlers and that will come in handy when bowling to the formidable South African batting line-up. In the game against Pakistan, all the bowlers bowled to a plan and picked wickets consistently,” the stylish Hyderabadi batsman said.
He acknowledged that winning the high voltage match against Pak have given a tremendous moral boost to the Indian campaign, and that will help the side against Proteas.
India hasn’t defeated Proteas in the World Cup till date. In all the three meetings in 1992, 1999 and 2011 South Africa emerged as the victorious side. However, Laxman said that the record doesn’t matter as lot of players in the playing XI weren’t present in the previous encounters and with batting back in form, Indian bowlers, including Umesh Yadav and Muhammad Shami, can restrict formidable South African batting line-up.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar warned India before the match saying that South Africa will be tougher than Pakistan. Being one of the best fielding side in the world they will not drop catches like Pakistan dropped. Singles will be hard to take, and fiery pace attack worsens the situation. Deadly Steyn can take wickets on any ground and in any situation along with Morkel’s bounce will be a trouble for the Indian batting line-up as they are prone to bouncers.
India will play against South Africa at 9 am on 22 February at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.