South Africa coach Russell Domingo has said that Virat Kohli is not the only threat they will face against India. He also said that India have batsmen like Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina who could turn the game on its head. So, his team won’t focus on Kohli alone but will give importance to each and every batsman in the line-up.
We all know that Virat Kohli has been an outstanding player for India in the last couple of years. His record has been phenomenal. He is obviously the kingpin in their batting line-up. But we were talking last night in dinner about guys like Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane. They (India) have got a seriously good batting line-up and it’s not our style to target one individual player in a batting line-up. That’s not how we go about our stuff. It’s very much respecting the whole unit. Because we know they have match-winners right through their batting line-up. I am not sure that we have thought about it in that way. We have been very focussed on our preparations. I do not know whether it’s a psychological advantage or not, but we can’t take India lightly. India are current world champions and a wonderful ODI side. Whatever we have done in the past will count for very little when we play on Sunday.
Domingo also said that the Indian team will be freshened up by the eight-day break that it got after the tri-series ODI and was the reason for its win against Pakistan.
To be honest, we didn’t watch too much of that game (India vs Pakistan) as we had our own game. Our focus was purely on ourselves. I heard one of them (Dhoni) saying that there was an eight-day off and that really freshened them up. That could have been a point. They have some of the best players in the world in their side. Agreed that they have had a very tough tour of Australia but World Cup is their main priority now. We knew that they would come fresh. Come Sunday, we need to be on top of our game.
On India’s playing combinations, he said I will sit down with my video analyst to try and figure out what can be India’s playing XI on Sunday. Probably I will be able to answer more assertively after having a chat with our analysts. He also confirmed that Dale Steyn bowled in the nets at MCG in spite of not recovering from sinusitis.