Proteas Pink Day ODI record under pressure

Posted February 10, 2018

South Africa should not expect AB de Villiers' pending return to be the solution to all their problems against spin, says former Proteas wrist spinner Paul Adams. While the pacer could remain on the sidelines, du Preez will likely return to the playing XI and lend the much-needed stability to the volatile middle-order.

South Africa squad: Aiden Markram (c), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen (wk).

"I think every cricketer has been through this at some point in their career".

One man who can change that narrative is AB de Villiers.

The Indian wrist spinners are now one of the deadliest combinations in the world cricket. With his spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in brilliant form, the Indian captain would want to seal the series by winning the 4th ODI at Wanderers in Johannesburg.

With an unassailable 3-0 lead in hand, the Virat Kohli-led outfit need just one more win in the six-match series to claim their maiden ODI triumph on South African soil and also cement their place atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings. They were not very nice to bowl on.

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It's nearly as though there's no talking point other than what will happen when Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav come on.

"We play for a good cause (Pink Day)". "After the third time we have played them the guys are still struggling to read the ball". We've got to come up with different ways of countering them.

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The head to head between India and South Africa in South Africa stands at 21-8 in favour of the home team, with two other matches producing no result. "It's pretty obvious that we haven't played their spinners well enough", he said. Had it not been Kohli's heroic rescue effort, India would have folded way below the 250-run mark. There will be a sense of calmness which might have been missing after they lost three frontline players to injuries. The second-wicket partnership was worth 78 runs with Jean Paul Duminy scoring 51. It doesn't matter what inputs he's got, it's always good. "Some might think they have bowled in T20 cricket when the conditions are very hard and they have picked up wickets on a regular basis there as well", Kohli said.

Virat Kohli is the number one ODI-batsman in the world for a reason.

"He's (Kohli) up there with the world's best. We've created chances but unfortunately we haven't got grab those", he said. "You never know what happens in the future but I am really happy at the moment", he added. He had said that Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation on his shoulders for 22 long years and its high time that we carry him on our shoulder and celebrate his achievements. He is oozing with confidence.

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