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SA pitches suit me: Shikhar

Shikhar Dhawan

Mumbai: Shikhar Dhawan is confident of doing well on the bouncy tracks of South Africa. He feels the South African conditions are suitable to his aggressive style of batting.

During the tour, India will play three ODIs, the first of which starts on Dec. 5. The one-day series will be followed by a two-Test rubber from Dec. 18.

“I personally feel the I play well on bouncy pitches… The pitches in South Africa will have a lot of bounce. But I’m confident of doing well. I think the South African pitches suit my game.

“We have been playing good cricket for a long time now and we are really confident. As a team, we are gelling really well… I have been performing well and am looking forward to extend that purple patch,” Dhawan said on the sidelines of a promotional on Friday.

The left-handed opener sounded confident about defeating Proteas in their backyard. “We are all very confident going into the South Africa series.

We all are very good friends and we enjoy each other’s success… That’s the beauty of our team,” said Dhawan. In August, Dhawan went to South Africa with the India A team and scored a scintillating 248 in a List A game. The 27-year-old feels the India A experience would stand him in good stead during the tour.

“I went to South Africa before with India A and did well. I can take confidence from that. It will work in my favour.

“The bouncy tracks will help the bowlers as well as the batsmen. Of course, I am a stroke player and I am going to play my shots. But then, I always back myself… I play according to the wicket. I assess the wicket and then play my strokes,” he said.

The 27-year-old said the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped the Indian players to get used to international fast bowlers.

“I feel that all the players in our side have benefited from the IPL because we got a chance to play against international bowlers. The nervousness when facing international bowlers is no longer there because we have already faced them in the IPL.”

India would be playing their first Test series post Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement and Dhawan said the team would miss The Master’s presence in the dressing room.