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Gauti: In SA, you need to be mentally tough

New Delhi: His form has been dodgy over the past couple of years, but Gautam Gambhir’s grit has always been unquestionable, something he believes is necessary when batsmen from the sub-continent play on bouncy South African tracks.

“When you play on pitches like those in South Africa, you need a lot of mental toughness. You have to be gutsy and have the grit to succeed in adverse conditions. One needs to have the ability to go out and hang in there despite all odds,” Gambhir said.

Asked what will be his advise for statemate Shikhar Dhawan, who will have a big role to play in the upcoming Test series, Gambhir turned diplomatic: “I don’t ever make comments about individual performances. It’s Indian team that needs to play well collectively. Test matches are won on the basis of collective effort”.

Gambhir feels that despite the team’s poor show in the ODI series, the Indian side have the ability to make a comeback in Tests. “I believe that this team has the ability to do well on South African soil. We have done well earlier and there is no reason we can’t do it again”.

The 32-year-old feels that it’s the bowlers who will win the matches taking 20 wickets.

Gambhir also came in defence of his out-of-form teammate Virender Sehwag, who has failed to score a single first-class 50 this season. “Viru is a player who needs just one innings to get back into form,” he said. (PTI)