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Gibbs’ words of wisdom

Benoni: Indians should overcome the mental block of their past failures against short-pitched deliveries by being positive in their approach if they have to tackle the South African pace battery in the Test series, feels Herschelle Gibbs.

Gibbs said the Indian batsmen would be put under sustained pressure by South African fast bowlers and the visitors will have to prepare themselves for that.

“It is about being ready for the short stuff because they are going to get a lot of it. They need to work on it for a while, especially in the build-up to the first Test. I can pretty much assure you that the pitch for the Wanderers’ Test will be pretty similar to the one rolled out for the first ODI (on December 5),” Gibbs said.

“It will be a mind game before they set foot on the ground, and they have to be ready for it by being positive and that should reflect in their body language,” he said. “It is about their mental block and they have three, at most four, days to get out of it.”

The India batsmen have not played a competitive innings since their dismal surrender at Kingsmead in the second ODI.