With Team India gearing up for the tough tour of South Africa, scheduled to start next month, former India batsman Vinod Kambli has delivered a word of advice for Virat Kohli and his men.
“It will be about the technique and the approach towards the game. There will be bouncy tracks, and they (South African bowlers) will come at you. So the more aggressively and positively you play will be the best thing to do in South Africa,” Kambli told reporters on Thursday (December 7) at sidelines of a function where Mumbai Cricket Association announced its inaugural Mumbai T20 League from January 4 to 9.
“I had learnt when I played as professional that you have to play aggressively and positively. No matter whatever the situation is, just play your best,” Kambli added.
Kambli, although admitting the upcoming series would be challenging, stated he was confident about the current Indian team’s chances in South Africa.
“I am very confident that our team will do well (in South Africa), the way they are playing and the way they are winning. We have got the batting line up. Though it will be a challenge for Virat (Kohli) and the team,” said Kambli.
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Well, the way Virat Kohli & Co. had performed in the last couple of years, speculations are high that the team will be able to deliver a solid performance against the Proteas in their backyard. Sitting at the top the ICC Test rankings, India had looked unstoppable under Virat Kohli who recently led the team to a record-equalling ninth consecutive series wins in Tests.
Under Kohli, the team had won Test series against Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh.
Kambli further congratulated Virat Kohli after the latter equalled his record of scoring two consecutive double centuries.
“The way Virat is playing is amazing. I am happy to see him batting like that. I am also VK, and he is also VK. I got the double hundreds long back. I would like to congratulate him,” the former left-handed batsman said.
Kambli also leapt in defence of under-fire Ajinkya Rahane, saying one good knock will help the Mumbai star regain his form. During the Sri Lanka series, when each top-order batsmen made merry, Rahane cut a sorry figure throughout, managing just 17 runs in five innings.
“He is struggling but once he gets in, he should get bigger runs. Getting out so early, you lose your confidence and concentration. So for him, it’s one big knock. If he gets an opportunity, one big knock will bring back his confidence,” said Kambli.
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