After losing the One-day series 2-0 against South Africa, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that playing the ODI series before the Tests would help his side cope better in the upcoming two-Test series starting December 18.
“Playing the ODIs before the Tests is good to get used to the pace and bounce. That is the positive we can take from the ODI series.” – Dhoni said after the 3rd ODI was washed out at the innings break.
Rain has the final say at Centurion
South Africa posted a target of 302 before India and according to the Indian captain, India were looking forward to chase down the target after a much improved bowling effort.
“We were looking positive at the break. This was one of the best pitches for the batsmen. We exposed their middle order to some extent and we were able to capitalise with the new ball.”
However, Dhoni was delighted with his side’s bowling performance and hailed Ishant Sharma‘s spell where he picked up 4 wickets for 40 runs.
“If tall bowlers bowl the right lengths you can get wickets. He (Ishant) worked hard with the bowling coach and played a few domestic games after recent loss of form. He bowled brilliantly today.”