Bengaluru: Citing South Africa's tendency to bounce back from defeats, premier batsman AB de Villiers has insisted that they are ready to stage a strong fightback against India in the second Test in Bengaluru starting on Saturday.
AB De Villiers. Pic/PTI
'I am prepared for any kind of Bangalore wicket in the second match. We know it is going to turn and are excited about the challenge. South African team are known for bouncing back and their resilience and I am expecting boys to be very hungry for the second Test match,' said De Villiers on the eve of his 100th Test match.
The 31-year-old batting mainstay dismissed his 'nice guy' image and further said that he would even go to the extent of sledging to win the game.
'I'm not a nice guy on the field. I want to win games. I'll do whatever it takes for us to win games of cricket. If I have to sledge, I'll get involved like that. I'll try and intimidate a player if I have to. I'll try and get Virat off his game by talking about his technique and little flaws. I don't mind doing things like that, whatever it takes to win games of cricket,' he said.
India are currently leading the four-match Test series 1-0 after comprehensively defeating South Africa by 108 runs in Mohali.