India’s tune-up to their tour to South Africa in November received a fillip when Cheteshwar Pujara’s India A overcame their Australian counterparts to win the tri-series final at Pretoria on Wednesday.
According to South African batting legend Graeme Pollock (69), India have scored a point through the win as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team will kick off their South African safari in November with limited overs cricket that includes a seven-match ODI contest followed by a three-Test series.
Southpaw Pollock didn’t get an opportunity to watch left-handed batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan pile up the heat on India A’s opponents, but was mighty impressed with the news of his 248 against South Africa A on August 12.
“It’s one hell of a performance! It’s a huge effort and if someone can get 248, he surely must be able to play very well,” said Pollock, who felt the India vs South Africa series will see some good contests.
“I must say Indian cricket is looking good. They can produce the goods really well on their day. I like Virat Kohli. Overall the Indian side is aggressive which is important. When they (opponents) give it to you, they can get it back with interest.”
Pollock doesn’t like what he sees of the South Africa side in one-day cricket. “I think they are messing around with their batting order. AB de Villiers is keeping wickets, but he should be left to concentrate on his batting.
You can’t be batting in 50 overs cricket like it’s a 20-20 game. It’s important to keep wickets in hand to get to a big score and that’s not happening,” said the Johannesburg-based Pollock.
He is sad to see Australian cricket on the decline. “I don’t know what’s happening there. People say they will get better. I don’t see that happening. They just don’t seem to have the quality batsmen apart from Michael Clarke. They have some very average players,” he said.