Closers will give India hope of winning first series in South Africa, says Pujara

Closers will give India hope of winning first series in South Africa, says Pujara

CAPE TOWN: Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says he is confident of achieving a historic victory in the first series of tests in South Africa, led by his powerful and fast bowling attack on the lively grounds of Highveld, where the two will be played. first of the three tests.

India is fresh from home success against New Zealand, while South Africa has not played red ball cricket since June ahead of the first test that begins in Pretoria on December 26.

“We have played a couple of events in India, so most of the guys are in touch,” Pujara told the Cricket Control Board in India on Saturday.

“We have enough time to prepare and the guys are looking forward to these tests. It is the best chance for us to finally win a series in South Africa.”

Pujara believes that the growing influence of India’s fast-paced bowling attack, which has led to success abroad in the recent past, gives them confidence that they can match the local team on what are generally favorable terrain for sailors in South Africa.

“Our fast bowlers have made a difference between teams in general when we play abroad. If you look at the series in Australia and England, we have done exceptionally well as a bowling unit.

“Our fast bowlers are our strength (in South Africa) and I hope they can use the conditions and give us 20 wickets in each test match.”

South Africa may be undercooked, as several of its top players haven’t appeared in top-notch cricket since winning the series in the West Indies in June, but Pujara says India should focus on what they can do well and not think. in the problems of the opposition.

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“We wouldn’t think too much about whether or not we have the advantage. We will try to stick to our game plan and our processes, and the things we have to do to be successful in South Africa.”

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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